Shortly after the call, the US president Barack Obama in a press conference pointed to some of the issues which he had discussed with his Iranian counterpart. The Iranian presidential website also enumerated the topics of the conversation.
But what caused quite a bit of agitation in Iran was an announcement by US officials who said that the phone call had been requested by the Iranian president.
Regardless of the political aspects of which side requested the call, political practice would that Iran had requested it, since it was said that upon his arrival in New York, Rouhani had turned down an invitation by the White House to meet Obama.
Therefore, to show that it does not refuse to receive relations between the two countries, Iran must have shown its good-will by requesting the phone call as political manners would have it.
By such a request, Iran could have attracted positive looks in two ways. First, it would have repelled accusations of negative approach to mutual cooperation while moving within established political norms. Second, it would have upheld the genteel image for which Iranians are well known.
* Hossein Amiri