Ottawa turns to digital diplomacy to reach Iran ahead of June elections

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OTTAWA - Canada is seeking to restore diplomatic relations with Iran — but not the old-fashioned way.

Instead of ambassadors and attaches, the foreign affairs department is looking to connect with Iranians directly, via social media.

They're working with the University of Toronto's Munk School to host a two-day event they hope will inspire Iranians ahead of June's elections there.

Global Dialogue: The Future of Iran will feature about 50 members of the Iranian diaspora in Canada discussing topics such as the economy, women's rights and political participation.

The panel will be streamed online and on social media sites in the hopes Iranians will be able to listen in and ask questions.

Officials have been working with Iranian-Canadians to get word of the event to people inside Iran though they acknowledge it will be difficult to know whether they'll be able to participate.

Organizations: University of Toronto, Munk School

Geographic location: Iran, Ottawa, Canada

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  • peter
    May 10, 2013 - 11:18

    whats the difference between a Canadian and a Iranian-Canadian? why are we involving ourselves in another countries affairs when our own are so messed up? I for one do not want Iran meddling in Canadian politics. whats going on here?