07/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ahmadinejad: I'd Sit Down With Obama And McCain

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday challenged the candidates vying for the US presidency to a debate and called for "fundamental change" in the next US government.

Ahmadinejad said he would be willing to meet with Democratic candidate Barack Obama, who has taken fire from his opponents over his offer to talk -- if elected president -- with the leaders of several US foes including Iran.

"I announce my readiness to meet with all the (US presidential) candidates of the United States in front of the media," the Iranian president told a press conference at the D8 summit of developing nations.

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