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Iran President condoles passing away of former FM

Tehran, Aug 28, Iranian President on Monday extended condolences on passing away of former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi.

'During the dark years of foreign colonialism and dictatorship of deposed Pahlavi's rule in which establishment of a religious government and revival of human benevolence were assumed inaccessible, Dr. Yazdi was a pioneer of (revolutionary) campaigns in the academic circles,' he noted.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also extended his condolences over the death of former post-Revolution Iranian politician and prominent dissident during the deposed Shah's regime.

In his message, Zarif sympathized with the family members of the former foreign minister who died at a hospital in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Sunday at the age of 86.

The Iranian post Revolution interim government foreign minister, after undergoing a surgery two weeks ago in Turkey, had planned to return to Iran on September 5, one of his relatives told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) this morning.

Eight months ago, Yazdi, who was suffering from prostate cancer and old age, underwent a surgery in Izmir after he failed to travel to the United States for the same purpose when the US government refused to issue him a visa due to the visa ban imposed in January by the US President Donald Trump on some Muslim nations, including Iran.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Yazdi along with the late Imam Khomeini returned home from an exile in France and later became deputy prime minister when the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan took office in the same year.

When the then Iranian foreign minister Karim Sanjabi resigned after almost three months, Yazdi was chosen as Sanjabi's successor.

After Bazargan's death in 1995, Yazdi succeeded him as the secretary general of Nehzat-e Azadi-ye Iran (Freedom Movement of Iran).

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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