Iran's Foreign Minister is 1st of the nation's officials to have verified Twitter account
TEHERAN (AFP) - Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's media-savvy Foreign Minister, has become the first Iranian official to have a verified account on Twitter, although no one inside the country can legally read his tweets.
In fact technically it is illegal for Mr Zarif to have a Twitter account at all.
But since President Hassan Rohani, a reputed moderate, took office in August, the authorities appear to be showing a greater tolerance on social, cultural and media issues.
Using the newly activated account @JZarif, the Foreign Minister caused a diplomatic shockwave on Sept 5 when he wished Jews a happy Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and also stated that Iran did not deny the Holocaust.