After Obama speech, can handshake with Rouhani be far off?

With that, Obama completes his address — a speech strikingly centered on the Middle East, and specifically Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Syrian civil war, and the imperative to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His reference to Iran’s encouraging choice of Rouhani as president with “a mandate to pursue a more moderate course,” and to the conciliatory words emanating from Tehran, underlined the new presidential readiness for an intensified diplomatic effort. As Obama stated, Secretary Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart later this week.

An Obama-Rouhani handshake, at the very least, one can anticipate, might not be very far away.

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