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The story: Iran has slammed organizers of the Munich Security Conference for snubbing Iranian officials and instead inviting exiled dissidents to the annual gathering. The underlying criticism is that conference organizers burned an opportunity to help forge dialogue between Tehran and its western adversaries.
The conference saw prominent dissidents attend a panel on the recent protests in Iran. France’s president was also approached by at least one dissident on the sidelines of the event, though Emmanuel Macron hours later rejected the idea of regime change.
The coverage: Reza Pahlavi—the son of Iran’s last monarch—Iranian-American activist Masih Alinejad and British-Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi attended the Feb. 17-19 event.
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