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President at the funeral of Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili:

Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili's passing a great loss for seminaries, the Islamic Republic

Late Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili was a great marja' and a distinguished and effective figure in the Islamic Revolution, said President Rouhani at the funeral of Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili on Friday in Qom.

Appreciating Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili's valuable services, Dr Rouhani said: As a member of the Council of Revolution and the Assembly of Experts for Constitution, and after that as a figure close to Ayatollah Beheshti organising Islamic judiciary, Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili provided our country with valuable services.

He was a founder of academic centres and seminaries and had a very effective role in educating great students, he added.

President Rouhani continued: Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili's passing is a great loss for seminaries and the Islamic Republic.

He also said: We are very sorry about this great cleric's loss and hope that his students and children can fill the place of the great man and we can follow the path of Imam [Khomeini], the Revolution and the Supreme Leader.

Source: Presidency of Islamic Republic of Iran

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