Speaking in a press meeting in the Baran Foundation, Khatami said "I am happy that Hashemi will run. If Mr. Hashemi run, God helping, we will pass this difficult stage. Hearts will unite and suspicions will diminish. And once more people’s participation and their judgment will turn effective.”
"People’s demand, at least those who I am in touch with, also is that me or Mr. Hashemi come forward. I am sure that if we all want to, and all organizations help, Hashemi’s running would mean win for all. May God make it so,” Chairman of the Baran Foundation said.