Iran appoints first Woman Ambassador since Revolution

Iran-ambassadriceIran appointed its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, choosing to send foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham to head its embassy in Malaysia, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Sunday.

The post makes Afkham, one of Iran’s most high-profile female public figures, the second female ambassador in the history of Iran and the first since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The only other female ambassador was Mehrangiz Dolatshahi, who served in Denmark in the 1970s.

Afkham praised Zarif for “the courage to take such a decision” and for his “trust in women”, according to remarks cited by state news agency IRNA. Read More

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