Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 2, 2011

The Department of State is pleased to announce “Ask Alan,” a new effort to engage with the Iranian people through our Persian language social media brand, USAdarFarsi. USAdarFarsi is active on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Every month on Facebook and Twitter, we will be asking our fans for questions on a topic that we set in advance. Our Persian language spokesman, Alan Eyre, will then provide answers to the most popular questions in Persian in a 5-7 minute long video that will be posted on our USAdarFarsi YouTube channel and then advertised both on our Facebook page and Twitter feeds.

The topic for August was visas, and we invite you to watch the August edition of “Ask Alan” today at We will post the topic for September along with a solicitation for questions on August 26. “Ask Alan” for August is live now.

We recognize 30 years without diplomatic relations has affected our ability to understand each other. We are increasing our use of social media outlets in order to expand our dialogue with Iranians.

PRN: 2011/1267