Ali Akbar Velayati

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Ali Akbar Velayati
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
15 December 1981 – 20 August 1997
PresidentAli Khamenei
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byMir-Hossein Mousavi
Succeeded byKamal Kharazi
Member of Parliament
In office
28 May 1980 – 15 December 1981
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority858,305 (52.5%)
Personal details
Born (1945-06-24) 24 June 1945 (age 75)
Shemiranat County, Iran
Political partyIslamic Association of Physicians of Iran
Islamic Coalition Party[1]
Other political
Islamic Republican Party (1979–1987)
National Front (1961–1970s)
Iran Pen Society (1999–present)
Spouse(s)Shirin Khoshnevisan (1980–2003, her death)
Leyla Enayati (2007–present)[2]
Alma materTehran University of Medical Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
AwardsRibbon of Knowledge.png Order of Knowledge (1st class)[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Ali Akbar Velayati (Persian: علی‌اکبر ولایتیAbout this soundpronunciation ; born 24 June 1945) is an Iranian conservative politician and physician. Velayati is a professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

He is a senior adviser to the Supreme Leader in international affairs and head of the board of founders and the board of trustees of the Islamic Azad University.

He is also a member of Iranian Science and Culture Hall of Fame, Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Expediency Discernment Council's President of Center for Strategic Research and senior fellow of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences.

He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for more than fifteen years from December 1981 to August 1997 under Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Presidents Ali Khamenei and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

He is the first and only person to have held this position for more than ten years. He was a candidate in 2013 presidential election and lost, coming fifth out of the six candidates garnering 2,268,753 votes, which was 6.18% of the votes.

On 12 March 2020, it was reported that Velayati been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019. He was reported to be under quarantine.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Jedinia, Mehdi (26 August 2010), Ahmadinejad Faces New Conservative Challenge: Relations with Motalefeh party strained by series of disputes, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, retrieved 5 June 2017
  2. تمام اطلاعات خانوادگی کاندیداهای ریاست جمهوری یازدهم
  3. نشان‌های دولتی در روزهای پایانی خاتمی و احمدی‌نژاد به چه‌کسانی رسید؟. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  4. "Top adviser to Iran's supreme leader infected with coronavirus: Tasnim". Reuters. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.