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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 17, 2024.

REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

Iranian diplomat shakes things up at Davos

The World Economic Forum has always been a big tent when it comes to its attendees. The Russians have participated in large numbers in the past, with oligarchs throwing the wildest parties, replete with caviar and vodka chasers served by throngs of young women calling themselves translators.

That all ended with the invasion of Ukraine – and the US, EU, and Swiss sanctions.

But the tradition of keeping Davos welcome to all-comers has continued with the appearance this week of Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. In an interview on Wednesday, he called Hamas a “liberation movement” while insisting that Iran does not agree with the murder of women and children. (Israel’s President Isaac Herzog had a different interpretation in his session on Thursday, calling Hamas “a platform of terror for Iran.”)

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