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IRAN: Islamic Republic apparently uninvited to annual forum in Davos

January 26, 2011 |  2:40 pm

Iran-khatami davos In contrast to previous years, Iran has not been invited to the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the Iranian Labor News Agency, or ILNA, reported, citing no named source. 

ILNA says that no Iranian diplomats or officials will take part at the four-day high-power gab fest, which began Wednesday.

This year’s agenda is “shared norms for a new reality” and will be discussed by about 30 heads of state and government and more than 1,000 executives at big companies. 

ILNA added that there was no clear explanation for the absence of Iranian officials in Davos and speculated that it may be due to the standoff with the West over its nuclear program.

Iran has participated in the forum for the last five years, including in 2007, when former President Mohammad Khatami spoke.

-- Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran

Photo: President Mohammad Khatami speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2007. Credit: Wikimedia Commons