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Press Briefing: World Food Prize President’s Unprecedented Visit to Iran Creates Opportunities for Exchanges

Amb. Quinn speaks in Iran
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Amb. Quinn at unveiling of Borlaug commemorative art in Iran
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Audience at Amb. Quinn's Borlaug Centennial Keynote in Iran
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Press Contact: Megan Forgrave, Director of Communications,, 515-245-3794

World Food Prize President’s Unprecedented Visit to Iran Creates Unique Opportunity for Bridge-Building Exchanges Through Agriculture During Period of Tension and Volatility in the Middle East

World Food Prize President Amb. Kenneth M. Quinn has returned from an unprecedented trip to Iran, the only former U.S. Ambassador ever invited to deliver a keynote address in recent decades.
While speaking there at a special centennial ceremony in Karaj, Iran, honoring Iowan and World Food Prize Founder Dr. Norman Borlaug, Quinn outlined opportunities for collaboration with the U.S. in biotechnology. He received an unexpected and unprecedented standing ovation from the audience, which included a minister of the government and a representative of the Supreme Leader of Iran.
Continuing Iowa's legacy of opening doors and building bridges with our adversaries, Quinn has invited Iran to send representatives to the World Food Prize in October. He will discuss details and more about his trip on Wednesday.
When: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at 1 p.m.

Where: The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa

What: Press Briefing with Amb. Quinn

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