Iran appoints first Foreign Ministry spokeswoman

First ever woman spokeswoman appointed in Iran; Rohani says more opportunities for women will be available under his reign

Iran's state TV is reporting the country has appointed its first ever Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.


The Thursday report quotes Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying Marzieh Afkham has been appointed spokesperson for the country's diplomatic apparatus.


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Afkham has been working in the ministry for nearly 30 years and was head of its public relations department under former reformist President Mohammad Khatami.


After the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran appointed Mansoureh Sharifisadr as female charge d'affaires in Japan. In the mid-1970s, the West-backed Shah's government appointed Mehrangiz Dolatshahi as its first female ambassador to Denmark.


New President Hasan Rohani has promised more opportunities for women. Last week he appointed another woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as vice president in charge of legal affairs.



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