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Ex-UN chief Kofi Annan passes away at 80

Tehran, Kofi Annan, the late Chair of the Elders and former UN Secretary-General succumbed to illness at 80.

'Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and rule of law,' the late Kofi Annan Twitter account reported.

'After stepping down from the United Nations, he continued to work tirelessly in the cause of peace through his chairmanship of Kofi Annan Foundation and chair of The Elders, the group founded by Nelson Mandela. He was an inspiration to young and old alike.'

It is worth noting that during his life, Annan had always called for all parties to stay committed to Iran nuclear deal.

Condemning US President Donald Trump's anti-Iran measures, he said that 'the JCPOA was a hard-won diplomatic achievement...I deeply regret President Trump's decision to withdraw, and urge all other signatories to renew their commitment to the deal and avoid a broader escalation of tensions across the Middle East,'

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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