Hojjatoleslam Mahmoud Doaee is one of the figures closely related to the former President Mohammad Khatami.
In an interview with ISNA, Doaee said "Today the country needs integrity. Hearts must get in with each other and bitterness must be put aside”
"The way out of the country’s prevailing problems is forgiveness. Forgiveness from all who are in disagreement with each other,” he asserted.
Managing Director of the Etela’at magazine also provided comments on the possibilities that Hashemi or Rafsanjani would run for presidency as "Mr. Khatami will certainly not run for presidency, and it is unlikely that Mr. Hashemi would.”