US-Iran logjam ends, not with a bang but with Twitter
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The surprise first phone contact on Friday between Presidents Barack Obama and Hassan Rohani was not only a dramatic moment in United States-Iranian ties, but also in the field of digital diplomacy.
Moments before the US leader announced from the White House podium that he had a chat with his opposite number, the Iranian President had sent a tweet that could live in history.
"In a phone conversation b/w #Iranian & #US Presidents just now: #HassanRohani: 'Have a Nice Day!' @BarackObama: 'Thank you. Khodahafez,'" it read.
Mr Rohani's account appeared on Twitter after his election this year and his English-language messages have become a symbol of Tehran's diplomatic outreach.