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Beheshteh Farshneshani
Beheshteh Farshneshani campaign leader

"Since its establishment in 2002, NIAC has proven to be an incredibly effective link between the Iranian-American community and Capitol Hill. It has quickly become the most dedicated and trusted source in Washington regarding US and Iran relations. Encouraging Iranian-Americans to participate in American civic life is a key factor in NIAC's dedication to help make a difference. By successfully representing the Iranian-American community, NIAC has helped to promote diplomacy, advocate for human rights, relieve broad sanctions and oppose war with Iran. NIAC has a long list of successes but, recent events involving diplomatic relations with Iran are a true testament to what a great job this organization is doing. I know from personal experience that the people at NIAC are incredibly well educated on the issues they represent and are passionate about making sure we, as a community, have a strong voice. They make me proud to be an Iranian-American." --Mahsa Payesteh is an Iranian American student at the University of Texas at Dallas

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After decades of strife between the West and Iran, a deal has been brokered that quashes the prospect of war and paves the path for diplomacy with Iran. It is important to note that the strategy behind this historic deal closely reflects the approach advocated by the National Iranian American Council.

For over a decade, we have witnessed NIAC’s commitment to reinforcing a diplomatic approach to political disputes with Iran and its crucial role in shaping policies that affect Iranians both inside and outside of Iran. NIAC has arduously fought against the prospect of war and effectively campaigned against broad economic sanctions that have had a devastating effect on the Iranian people.

When news of the deal broke out last Sunday, thousands of Iranians took to the streets, celebrating and congratulating one another on the victorious deal. This is a clear indication that NIAC has indeed been on the right side of history, but for fighting this good fight, NIAC has continuously gone under attack by a minority of diaspora Iranians who claim broad sanctions and war are what the Iranian people need and want. Despite clear evidence of overwhelming support for diplomacy in Iran, these “Iranians” continue to push the hawkish agenda of sanctions and war.

As Iranian Americans, we have a vested interest in seeing friendly relations between our two countries and there is no organization that has better conveyed our interests and views than the National Iranian American Council. On this thanksgiving, we would like to take this opportunity to thank NIAC for its decade-long service toward stowing peace and diplomacy and effectively representing the interests of the Iranian community. Keep up the good work. We need you!

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