Obama has begun discreet talks with Iran, Syria
Obama has begun discreet talks with Iran, Syria - Yahoo! News UK
Officially, Obama's overtures toward both Tehran and Damascus have remained limited.
In an interview broadcast Monday, Obama said the United States would offer arch-foe Iran an extended hand of diplomacy if the Islamic Republic's leaders "unclenched their fist."
Meanwhile, his secretary of state Hillary Clinton warned that the Israeli-Syrian track of the Middle East peace negotiations took a back seat to the Israeli-Palestinian track, especially because of the recent war in Gaza.
However, even before winning the November 4 election, Obama unofficially used what experts call "track two" discussions to approach America's two foes in the region.