Iranian Americans Place Ad in New York Times in Support of Diplomacy and Peace through the Iran Nuclear Agreement

August 11, 2015, New York, NY Twenty-four prominent Iranian Americans, consisting of authors, business leaders, media personalities, scientist, and scholars, published an open letter in support of the Iran nuclear agreement as a full page advertisement in the New York Times.  

The letter urges all Americans to show their desire for peace and prosperity by supporting the recent nuclear agreement between the world powers and Iran.

“In the past few decades, wars have cost Americans thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, and conflict has persisted. When we achieve America’s goals through diplomacy, we win” the signatories stress.  Diplomacy with Iran has the potential to do much more than prevent a war. It provides an opportunity for engagement between cultures, people, and ideas.”

Moreover, the authors point out that while the governments of Iran and the West have profound differences, the people of Iran have a long history of tolerance, hospitality, creativity, and innovation that predates modern governments and religions.

“The people of Iran want peace, prosperity, and the pursuit of happiness just as much as Americans do.”

The signatories of the letter include Academy Award-nominated Actress, Shohreh Aghdashloo; Former Vice Chairman of Citigroup, Dr. Hamid Biglari; New York Times Best Selling Author, Firoozeh Dumas; Chief Executive Officer of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi; Chief Business Officer and Senior Vice President of Google Inc., Omid Kordestani; Director of Solar System Exploration at NASA’s JPL, Dr. Firouz Naderi; and the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Vali Nasr. 

Click here to view the full text of the advertisement and support peace by adding your name to the list! 

The signatories to this letter aren’t endorsing any political party or government. They’re endorsing diplomacy, and making a statement about the Iranian people as a population and culture. The signatures represent the individuals, not their affiliated companies or universities. This effort does not represent the work of any single organization or individual. It was a team effort among many individuals working together.

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