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Iran’s president, FM condole with Ghanaian officials on Annan’s demise

Algiers, Nosratollah Maleki, the Iranian ambassador to Ghana, on Friday, presented the condolence messages of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif to Ghanaian officials on the demise of former UN chief Kofi Annan.

In his message to his Ghanaian counterpart, Iran's president said Annan is an immortal figure.

President Rouhani said Annan's honest and vigorous efforts during his tenure in office as the UN secretary-general further enhanced multilateralism and helped promote international peace and security.

He noted that the UN experienced a glorious time under Annan and that his name will be commemorated well in the future.

The president prayed that the departed soul of Annan will rest in peace and wished patience for his bereaved family and the people of Ghana.

In a separate message, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, condoled with his Ghanaian counterpart Ayorkor Botchwey on the demise.

Since he took office as the UN secretary-general, Annan made honest and effective efforts to peacefully settle international disputes and his tenure marked a brilliant period in the United Nations history in terms of international peace and security, and promoted multilateralism as well, Zarif said.

Noting that Ghana lost one of its exemplary sons, the foreign minister prayed that his departed soul will rest in peace.

Kofi Annan, who served as the seventh UN secretary-General between 1997 and 2006, died at a hospital at the age of 80 in Switzerland on August 18.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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