The State Department announced that the “Virtual Embassy Tehran” website has been visited nearly two million times by Iranians since its December 2011 launch. The site provides Farsi-language information on U.S. policy, American culture and how Iranians can visit the United States. The following is a statement by Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner on the one- year anniversary of the site.
I am pleased to announce that today is the one year anniversary of our Virtual Embassy Tehran (http://iran.usembassy.gov/ and http://persian.iran.usembassy.gov/). We launched the site as a new and exciting engagement opportunity with the Iranian people. As the Secretary noted in her welcome video last year, “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” despite the Iranian regime’s efforts to control the flow of information to and from the Iranian people.