Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran was contacted by another holder of a powerful office; United States President Barack Obama. The contact came in the form of a letter that addressed Khamenei regarding the current regional actions the United States and other coalition members are taking against ISIS.
The United States and Iran find themselves on the same side of a conflict that pits them against a common enemy, ISIS, which has assumed control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
The contact between Iran and the United States comes before a showdown between the two powers at the end of November based on the ongoing nuclear program being developed by Iran. Any cooperation between the two nations would be dependent on a satisfactory conclusion of the Nuclear program and would not likely be direct military interaction.
Iran is not part of a U.S. led coalition against ISIS that has centered on air strikes on ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria but there is a common interest at hand. Iraq is a major supporter of Syrian President Bashar Assad who is being targeted by ISIS and is also an opponent of the United States, mostly for numerous human rights violations.
Many, hope that Obama’s letter will open negotiations between the two powers and contribute to an end to tensions between the parties.