US plans “virtual embassy” for Iran

US plans “virtual embassy” for Iran

She acknowledged economic sanctions sometimes caused difficulties for average Iranians, but insisted they were the best tool to pressure Iran’s leaders.

The United States plans to open a “virtual embassy” for Iran that will give Iranians online information about visas and student exchange programs despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton, in interviews with the Persian language services of the BBC and Voice of America, said the “virtual embassy” web site would be open by the end of the year and it would provide Iranians with information on visas and other programs.

In his waning months in office, President George W. Bush weighed opening a U.S. Interests Section, which could issue visas, in Tehran, but ultimately decided against it.

She acknowledged economic sanctions sometimes caused difficulties for average Iranians, but insisted they were the best tool to pressure Iran’s leaders.

 

 

 

27 October 2011 Thursday