A staff member removes the Iranian flag from the stage during the nuclear talks at the Vienna International Center in Vienna.
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On the day U.S. and Iranian negotiators reached a historic nuclear agreement last month, Hadi Partovi threw an impromptu party in his backyard outside Seattle, setting in motion a rare expression of solidarity among the country's most prominent Iranian-Americans.The nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers is a major achievement for President Barack Obama and could reset Iran's relations with the West, but it has opponents in the U.S. Congress, where Obama has work to do.The letter's organizers and signers said it was significant for being perhaps the first unified, nonpartisan statement of its kind by Iranian-Americans, who can be reticent about embracing their background and speaking up on political issues.Maz Jobrani, a comedian who signed the letter, said it was one of the first times so many Iranian-Americans had come together.Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of online travel company Expedia Inc., said he does not normally take public political stances but this issue had special personal resonance for him. He immigrated to the United States from Iran in the late 1970s.
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