Iran Granted Jewish Daily Forward Unusual Reporting Visa, NY Times Reports

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Secretary of State Kerry, left, and Iranian FM Zarif, after signing the deal.Credit: Reruters

Iran issued a rare reporting visa to the American newspaper the Jewish Daily Forward last month, the New York Times reported Thursday.

According to the report, the Forward initially filed for the visa about two years ago with Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, which accredits foreign journlists, which finally granted it on July 20.

According to the Times, the visa appeared to be part of an effort by Iran to influence the American Jewish community in favor of the nuclear deal between it and the world powers, reached on July 14.

The Iranian ministry said the visa was for 30 days, but the Forward said it was only for seven, adding that their reporter, who remained unnamed, has already returned from Iran.

“The proposed deal with Iran is of huge importance to American Jews, and we sent a reporter to Iran so that we could provide our readers with an in-depth, objective look at what real Iranians think of the proposed deal, the United States and Israel,” the Forward's editor in chief Jane Eisner said in a statement on Thursday, the Times reported.

“It has taken two years of negotiations with the Iranian government to win this opportunity, and we look forward to presenting this objective reporting on our website and in our paper next week,” Eisner said.

Congress is expected to vote on the Iran deal in September. 

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