Today, the United States announced the online opening of the Virtual U.S. Embassy Tehran as an opportunity for engagement between the peoples of Iran and the United States. Virtual Embassy Tehran is not a formal diplomatic mission, nor does it represent or describe a real U.S. Embassy accredited to the Iranian Government. But, in the absence of direct contact, it can work as a bridge between the American and Iranian people.
As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton noted in her welcome video posted to the site, "This is a platform for us to communicate with each other -- openly and without fear -- about the United States, about our policies, our culture, and the American people."
State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, "Outreach efforts like these are essential to bringing information and alternative viewpoints to the Iranian people, especially as the Iranian regime continues its efforts to control the flow of information to and from the Iranian people. This Virtual Embassy is just the first of many ways in which we will seek to challenge the Iranian regime's efforts to place an electronic curtain of surveillance, satellite jamming and online filtering around its people, and I look forward to enhancing our communication efforts directly to the Iranian people."
You can view the Virtual Embassy site can be viewed in English at: iran.usembassy.gov and tehran.usembassy.gov; and in Persian at persian.iran.usembassy.gov. Please also visit the USAdarFarsi Facebook and Twitter pages.
We hope that this virtual embassy will prove to be a useful tool, and we welcome your feedback. Please leave your thoughts and ideas about how we can engage even more and deepen our relationship.
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