Why Attend Ahmadinejad’s Inauguration?

The protests after the presidential elections in Iran have somewhat subsided. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as the elected President of Iran. But why did EU ambassadors attend the ceremony?

The Swedish foreign minister, Carl Bildt, says that there are many reasons – that this is the custom; that attending diplomats are always better reporters than absent ones; and that the EU needs contact on specific issues with the authorities in Tehran.

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