The founder of @BreakingNewsOn had the first tweet about Ahmadinejad's statement, citing the AP.
@mpoppel (Netherlands): AP: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he welcomes talks with US based on mutual respect
Washington Post foreign correspondent @Thomas_Erdbrink commented from the capital.
@Thomas_Erdbrink (Tehran): "Death to America!", crowds chanted as Ahmadinejad said Iran was ready to talk to America. People, make up your minds!!!
Iranian twitterers responded to the tweet.
@mahdi (Tehran): @Thomas_Erdbrink There is no political analysis power among most Iranian ppl. They just follow wht they hear, watch & read on state media.
@keyvan (Tehran): @Thomas_Erdbrink You know, ordinary people say what media and/or governments enforce them to say. Isn't it the case in the US as well?
@Thomas_Erdbrink later wrote:
@Thomas_Erdbrink (Tehran): @mahdi On the other hand: many in the crowds said they favored (better) relations between Iran and the US.
Here's a sample of reaction from the United States:
@ltfreedude (San Francisco, Calif.): Iran's Ahmadinejad ready for talks, 'true changes' with U.S. who is he to say this?
@nlw (Evanston, Ill.): Interested in the news about Iran asking for meeting with Obama
@KevinMercuri (New York, N.Y.): Intriguing that Iranian President Ahmadinejad officially requests a meeting w/ President Obama just as he learns who the Next Israeli PM is
A man in Indonesia told the New York Times that he supported Ahmadinejad's efforts.
@izarbaik (Jakarta): @nytimes, I just give support to Mr. Ahmadinejad. I'm so proud with him.