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Iran Appoints New Foreign Ministry Spokesman

Abbas Mousavi, new spokesman of Iran's foreign ministry speaking with foreign minister Javad Zarif. Undated

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has appointed Abbas Mousavi as its new spokesman.

Mousavi's official title will be the Foreign Ministry's spokesman and director-general for news dissemination.

He replaced Bahram Ghasemi (Qassemi) and will be the 11th spokesman for the ministry since 1979.

Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman. File photo
Bahram Ghasemi, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman. File photo

Ghasemi who was the foreign ministry spokesman for two years, was appointed as Iran's ambassador to France in March. He will be Iran's first ambassador to France after six months of diplomatic tension between the two countries over Iran's nuclear and missile programs, in the aftermaths of the U.S. pull-out from the nuclear agreement with Iran in May 2018.

Ghasemi is a career diplomat who has served in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Malta.

Mousavi's previous activities include serving in diplomatic posts in Hong King and Holland. His latest position was chief of media diplomacy office at the Iranian Foreign Ministry.