Barack Obama and Hassan Rohani have become the first Presidents of the US and Iran to have a direct talk for decades.
The two leaders did not meet during Rohani’s trip to New York this week, but they did break the ice by picking up the telephone.
In a press conference at the White House, Obama said: “The very fact that this was the first communication between an American and Iranian president since 1979, underscores the deep mistrust between our countries, but it also indicates the prospect of moving beyond that difficult history.”
“I reiterated to President Rohani what I said in New York – while there will surely be important obstacles to moving forward, and success is by no means guaranteed, I believe we can reach a comprehensive solution,” the US president continued.
Rohani chose to use Twitter to announce that the historic call had taken place.
A post on Rohani’s official Twitter account read: “In phone convo, President #Rouhani and President @BarackObama expressed their mutual political #will to rapidly solve the #nuclear issue”.