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Clinton To Use Soccer Diplomacy

June 21, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton will use Sunday’s World Cup soccer match between America and Iran to urge the two nations end 20 years of estrangement.

The president expresses that wish in a videotaped greeting recorded for broadcast during coverage of the game.

The White House has been responding cautiously to overtures from Iran’s moderate new president, Mohammad Khatami. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright last week proposed the two countries draw a ``roadmap″ for improving relations.

Washington still accuses Iran of sponsoring terrorism and seeking weapons of mass destruction _ and memories of the 1970s hostage crisis still linger. But Clinton, in the videotape, says he and Khatami have both been seeking to foster more people-to-people exchanges between America and Iran.

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