the world media had been speculating on what the special message president Zaakir would be bringing, the delegates were a microcosm of the peoples of the world. Members of the democratic Western nations were cautiously optimistic about the possibility of peace in the Middle East. In America, this had been the goal of multiple administrations going back to Eisenhower. During a previous administration, Iran had publicly agreed to halt its nuclear program, which helped that particular president score major political points at home.
This realization caused the current US ambassador to hope that a similar event would take place this day. Doing so would be a significant feather in the cap of President Jefferson Goodman who was facing a difficult reelection campaign.
Delegates from the Muslim countries had also heard rumors, and they had a certain sense of trepidation about Zaakir’s address. Iran, by virtue of its sheer size, location, and persistent stand against America and Israel, had been a reassuring leader that these nations looked up to, even if it was not publicly admitted.
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