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Iran President welcomes US election results

CBS/AP and CNN reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated Barack Obama on his election win. This is significant because this is the first time an Iranian leader has done so to a U.S. president-elect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He hopes Obama "uses the opportunity to serve the American people and leave a good name for history". Current U.S.-Iranian relations remain tense but Iran sees Obama's victory as a triumph over the unpopular policies of President Bush. CNN says Ahmadinejad told Obama that "other nations also expect war-orriented policies, occupation, bullying, contempt of nations and imposing discriminatory policies on them to be replaced by the ones advocating justice, respect for human rights, friendship and non-interference in other countries' internal affairs."