Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appointed Hossein Jaberi Ansari as his ministry’s spokesman.
Jaberi Ansari appointed as FM spokesman
Jaberi Ansari replaced Marziyeh Afkham who served for over two years as the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman.
In August 2013, Afkham was appointed as the foreign ministry’s spokeswoman.
Afkham, also a career diplomat, had served as Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Information and Press for eight years. The Iranian diplomat also served as Foreign Ministry’s Director General for Public Diplomacy under former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.
On August 27, former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi announced that for the first time a woman would be appointed as the Islamic Republic’s ambassador without naming her.
President Hassan Rouhani has pledged during his election campaign that “discrimination between men and women will be eliminated in all social arenas” in his administration.
Also in August 2013, Rouhani had appointed another woman, Elham Aminzadeh, as the vice president for legal affairs.