The Islamic Republic of Iran is to entrust representing the country in a foreign country to a woman diplomat for the first time, a report says.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham is to be accredited as the country’s first woman ambassador in the near future, Mehr News Agency reported on Monday.
She will reportedly head the Islamic Republic’s mission in an East Asian country.
The official has been serving as the ministry’s first woman spokesperson for more than a year.
It is not yet clear who will replace her as spokesperson.
Setting precedent has been Mansoureh Sharifi-Sadr, who served as the charge d’affaires of Iran’s Embassy in Japan during the ambassadorship of Abbas Araqchi, the current deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs. Araqchi had preceded Afkham as the Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson.