The Common Good

Jeff Carr: What Would You Ask Iran's President?

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I will be participating in a delegation of 13 religious leaders who will be leaving tomorrow, Feb. 17, for a trip to Iran. Our delegation, which is being led by Mennonites and Quakers, will be meeting with a variety of religious leaders (including Christians and Muslims), civil society leaders, a group of female members of parliament, former Iranian President Khatami, and current President Ahmadinejad. The purpose of the trip is to deepen dialogue among religious and political leaders in the hope of defusing tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

If you could ask President Ahmadinejad one question, what would it be? I plan to check your comments before meeting with him.

UPDATE: Thank you all for your suggestions and questions. I was reading them tonight during a break in our pre-trip delegation meeting, and your input helped me frame some of my suggestions for our visit and meeting with the president. For security reasons, as of right now, we don't know exactly which day during our visit next week we will be meeting with the president, but we are working on our thoughts and strategy for this meeting already. I look forward to updating you all as the trip unfolds.

Jeff Carr is the chief operations officer for Sojourners/Call to Renewal.

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