Iran to appoint Baluchi Sunni woman as ambassador

IRNA – Iran has plans to appoint a Baluchi Sunni woman as its ambassador to Brunei.

Homeira Rigi, the current governor of Ghasr-e Ghand County in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan is scheduled to be appointed as the Iranian ambassador to Brunei, Tayebeh Siavoshi, a member of women fraction in the Iranian parliament told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

She said that the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has stressed defining much role for women in the ministry.

The foreign minister said in a recent meeting with women fraction that Rigi will become Iran’s ambassador to Brunei after the administrative issues are settled.

Sunnis are one of Iran’s minority groups. Iranian Ambassador to Hanoi Saleh Adibi belongs also to the Iranian Sunni community.

Earlier, Hamideh Zarabadi, the spokesperson for Women Fraction in the Iranian parliament has quoted Zarif 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.