By Marjan Golpira

New Foreign Ministry spokesman meets the press 

July 19, 2016

TEHRAN - On Monday, the newly appointed Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman had an initial meeting over luncheon with journalists from national media. 

In the working lunch, held at the Foreign Ministry, Bahram Ghassemi, who replaced Hossein Jaberi Ansari on June 19, expressed hope to continue close cooperation, as was set by his predecessor, with the local media on regional and international affairs. 

“I hope to be a good colleague to you all during my incumbency.”

About a month ago, Ghassemi received his mandate from Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as the Foreign Ministry press secretary. 

Ghassemi had been Iran’s ambassador to the Republic of Ireland, Italy, and Spain. He also held posts at the Foreign Ministry departments dealing with the Commonwealth and Western European affairs.

He also served as international research deputy chief at the Strategic Research Center of the Expediency Council.

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