Iran, France to exchange envoys to broaden ties
Bahram Ghassemi and Philippe Thiebaud, according to official sources, have been appointed as new Iranian and French ambassadors.
Iran Press/Europe: Bahram Ghassemi, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, former envoy to Spain and Italy has been appointed as Iran's new ambassador to France, an official source in Tehran told AFP on Wedensday.
In Paris, the Official Gazette on Wednesday said that Philippe Thiebaud, a former envoy to Pakistan who once represented France at the UN atomic watchdog, had been appointed as ambassador to the Islamic republic of Iran.
Ghasemi and Thiebaud will fill posts that had been vacant for more than six months.
The previous French ambassador left Iran at the end of his mandate in August and Tehran's envoy left Paris last summer before finishing his term. No official reason was given for Iran's ambassador early departure.
On 8 Jan, 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lambasted the European Union (EU) and specially France for harboring notorious MKO terrorists.
The Iranian foreign minister referred to the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK or MKO), a terrorist group which is detested for collaborating with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during his war on Iran in the 1980s and killing thousands of Iranians in a violent campaign of assassinations and bombings, particularly in those years.
The terrorist group is also known for its extremely suppressive control over members in its camps where access to the Internet and other information sources is prohibited. 101/205/213