Amir Abdollahian, a career diplomat

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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian

TEHRAN, MAY 20: Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and President Ebrahim Raisi died in a helicopter crash.

Hossein Amir Abdollahian was born on April 23, 1964, in Damghan, Semnan province. He studied international relations extensively.

He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Diplomatic Relations from the Faculty of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Master’s degree in International Relations from Tehran University, and a Doctorate in International Relations from the same university.

His career included several important roles:

Special Assistant to the Speaker of the Parliament and General Director of International Affairs since 2016.

Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2016.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs from 2011 to 2016.

Director General for the Persian Gulf and West Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2011.

Ambassador to Bahrain from 2007 to 2008.

Deputy Director General for the Persian Gulf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2007.

Deputy Special Assistant to the Foreign Minister for Iraqi Affairs from 2003 to 2006.

Deputy Head of the First Political Department for the Persian Gulf at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2003.

Deputy Head and Expert at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad from 1997 to 2001.

Throughout his career, Hossein Amir Abdollahian worked hard to improve Iran’s foreign relations, using his strong academic background and wide-ranging experience in international diplomacy.