FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Morad Ghorban
Phone: (202) 828-8370
Washington, DC – In response to President Trump’s statement that John Bolton will serve as his new National Security Advisor effective April 9th, Leila Austin, the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) issued the following statement:
“The decision by President Trump to select John Bolton as his third national security adviser has understandably created much concern amongst the Iranian American community. Known for his radically hawkish foreign policy views, Bolton has advocated for bombing Iran and continues to be an ardent critic of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear deal with Iran). His views for pushing military intervention over diplomacy is unrivaled in American foreign policy circles.
“When it comes to policy toward Iran, we believe U.S. national interests are best served by engaging the Iranian people and supporting their democratic aspirations. Since 2008, our polling data has consistently shown that while Iranian Americans want to see the promotion of human rights and democracy in Iran, they prefer to resolve our differences with the government of Iran through diplomacy.”