President Barack Obama spoke with Iran president Hassan Rouhani on the phone Friday (Sept. 27), marking the first time that a direct conversation between the leaders of these two countries has taken place since 1979. According to a report from Friday, this "diplomatic overture came after Obama and Rouhani had traded letters following Rouhani's election earlier this year."
This is a big step for both countries and it follows up on the comments that President Obama had made during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the week. The White House had even suggested that an informal meeting between the two leaders could take place while they were in New York. The overture by President Obama wasn't accepted, but it didn't stop the two leaders from talking on the phone Friday.
This is a breakthrough when it comes to diplomacy between the United States and Iran, but some people in Congress worry that it might show a willingness to be lenient on the country. There are still a lot of issues that need to be worked out and discussed, including the fact that Iran is working to become a nuclear power. This first call was reported to have lasted 15 minutes, but maybe it is a good first step toward reaching peaceful agreements.