Iran newly-appointed ambassador meets with FM Zarif before departure for Brunei

Tehran, Jan 26, IRNA – Homeira Rigi, the Baluchi Sunni woman who was recently appointed as Iran’s new ambassador to Brunei, met with Foreign Minister Zarif before leaving Iran for the Southeast Asian country.

Rigi was the former governor of Ghasr-e Ghand County in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

She was appointed as ambassador upon the proposal of Foreign Minister Zarif and the approval of President Hassan Rouhani.

The Iranian foreign minister had stressed defining graver role for women in the ministry.

Earlier, Hamideh Zarabadi, the spokesperson for Women Fraction in the Iranian parliament, quoted Zarif as saying that two more female ambassadors will be introduced in the near future.

Marzieh Afkham, who was the first female spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was appointed as ambassador to Malaysia on November 8, 2015.

During the moderate government of President Hassan Rouhani, many women and Iranian citizens from the minority groups took high-level governmental positions.

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