On Sunday, Iranian media published a letter from former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to U.S. President Donald Trump where the former leader of Iran discussed Trump’s policies and America’s involvement in the Middle East. The approximately 3,500 word letter comes as criticism grows in Tehran, Iran’s capital, about President Trump about the Islamic Republic being one of the seven nations that are included in Trump’s temporary travel ban.
Fars News, the “semi-official” news agency of Iran, posted the letter claiming Ahmadinejad backed Trump’s hard stance on the corruption in Washington with the title: “Iran’s Ahmadinejad Throws Weight Behind Trump’s Tough Stance against Washington’s Political Elites, Media.”
“Your Excellency (Trump) has truthfully described the US political system and electoral structure as corrupt and anti-public,” he writes.
Ahmadinejad said that with over a million people of Iranian descent living in America, the U.S. would do well if they showed they respected that diversity.
“The presence and constructive effort of the elite and scientists of different nations, including the million-plus population of my Iranian compatriots has had a major role in the development of the US,” he said in the letter. “It is necessary that the spirit of the policies ruling the US, value respect toward the diversity of nations and races.”
He also added that because of the diversity of the United States, it essentially belongs to no one.
“The contemporary US belongs to all nations, including the natives of the land. No one may consider themselves the owner, and view others as guests or immigrants,” he said.
“Four years is a long period, but it ends quickly,” Ahmadinejad continued, referring to four years of Trump’s term. “The opportunity needs to be valued, and all its moments need to be used in the best way.”
At the end, Ahmadinejad admitted his 3,500 plus word letter was “lengthy” and hoped it didn’t “tire” Trump.
“I hope the lengthy letter, which was proportionate to the nature of a fundamental and constructive talk, hasn’t tired you,” he wrote. “I pray to God the Merciful…for Your Excellency, success in performing the heavy duty of reforming the structure of the U.S. system and in responding to people’s demand.”
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also wrote a letter to former President Bush in 2006 while Ahmadinejad was still the leader of the Islamic Republic. The 18-page letter discussed religious values, history and international relations. In 2016 after Ahmadinejad leading Iran, sent a letter to then-President Barack Obama asking him to “quickly fix” a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that would allow families of those killed in attacks linked to Iran to collect money from about $2 billion dollars in frozen assets.