Ali Akbar Velayati
Ali Akbar Velayati (Persian: علی‌اکبر ولایتی‎‎ English pronunciation (help·info); born 24 June 1945, Tehran) is an Iranian conservative politician and physician. Velayati is a distinguished professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, senior adviser to the Supreme Leader in international affairs and head of the board of founders and the board of trustees of the Islamic Azad University.
Ali Akbar Velayati
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
15 December 1981 – 20 August 1997
PresidentAli Khamenei
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Prime MinisterMir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded byMir-Hossein Mousavi
Succeeded byKamal Kharazi
Member of Parliament
In office
28 May 1980 – 15 December 1981
ConstituencyTehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority858,305 (52.5%)
Personal details
Born24 June 1945 (age 75)
Shemiranat County, Iran
Political partyIslamic Association of Physicians of Iran
Islamic Coalition Party[1]
Other political
Islamic Republican Party (1979–1987)
National Front (1961–1970s)
Spouse(s)Shirin Khoshnevisan (1980–2003, her death)
Leyla Enayati (2007–present)[2]
Alma materTehran University of Medical Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
AwardsOrder of Knowledge (1st class)[3]
WebsiteOfficial website
He is also a member of Iranian Science and Culture Hall of Fame, Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution, Expediency Discernment Council's President of Center for Strategic Research and senior fellow of Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences. He is the secretary-general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening.
He was the Minister of Foreign Affairs for more than fifteen years from December 1981 to August 1997 under Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Presidents Ali Khamenei and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He is the first and only person to have held this position for more than ten years. He was a candidate in 2013 presidential election and lost, coming fifth out of the six candidates garnering 2,268,753 votes, which was 6.18% of the votes.
Early life and education
Velayati was born in Rostamabad village in Shemiran, Tehran, on 24 June 1945.[4][5] He was matriculated into Tehran University of medical sciences in 1964. Velayati finished his studies in pediatrics before moving to Johns Hopkins University for a fellowship in infectious diseases.[6] In the meantime, Velayati taught at university and is an active member of such influential bodies as the Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution, Expediency Council and Islamic Encyclopedia Foundation. During the rule of Mohammad Reza Shah, Velayati was arrested by the intelligence service SAVAK when he was 17.[6]
In 1961, Velayeti joined the National Front, a secular party.[4] Following the Iranian Revolution in 1979, he was elected as a member of the parliament from his home town in parliamentary election of that year. He was also a deputy minister of health from November 1980 to July 1981 in the cabinet of Mohammad-Ali Rajai.[6]
After winning the presidential election on 13 October 1981, then President Ali Khamenei proposed Velayati as his prime minister to the Parliament of Iran, but Parliament voted against him on 22 October. Khamenei later proposed Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who gained Parliament's approval. In November 1986, Velayati argued that Iran should have diplomatic ties with all countries.[7]
During the premiership of Mousavi, Velayati served as the minister of foreign affairs. After the election of Hashemi Rafsanjani as president, he retained his post until 1997, when Rafsanjani's term was ended.[4] He has been an advisor on international affairs to the Supreme Leader of Iran since 1997.[8][9]
AMIA bombing
In November 2006, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corra issued international arrest warrants for Velayati, six other Iranians and one Lebanese in connection with the bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) in Buenos Aires, which resulted in the death of 85 people and serious injuries to 151.[10] Velayati has been on the official Wanted list of Interpol since March 2007, for allegations of "Aggravated Murder and Damages" related to the AMIA bombing.[11][12][13] The arrest warrant is based on the allegation that senior Iranian officials planned the attack in an August 1993 meeting, including Khamanei, the Supreme Leader, Mohammad Hejazi, Khamanei's intelligence and security advisor, Rafsanjani, then president, Ali Fallahian, then intelligence minister, and Velayati, then foreign minister.[14]
Later years
Velayeti was appointed to the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations in 2006. He appears to be close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, serving as his advisor on international affairs and writing the introduction to Khamenei's book Palestine. He attended funeral service of Imad Mughniyah, who had been killed on 12 February 2008, representing Khamenei on 14 February in Lebanon.[15]
On 30 October 2013, Velayati became head of Center for Strategic Research, being appointed by Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.[16] He was succeeded by Hassan Rouhani.
In November 2019, the United States Tresuary Department has sanctioned Velayati.[17]
Presidential campaigns
2005 presidential election
Velayati was under consideration by the conservative alliance of Iran as a possible candidate for 2005 presidential election, but he announced that he did not accept candidacy of the conservative alliance and would run as an Independent. He finally decided not to run. It was speculated that he did not want to run against Rafsanjani.
2013 presidential election
He announced his candidacy for the 2013 presidential election and was supported by some conservative groups. He promised a strong external relationship with community reconciliation, and more diplomatic relations with Europe and the United States. He also criticized President Ahmadinejad's foreign policy.[18] He received 2,268,753 of the votes, coming in fifth place.
Personal life
On 12 March 2020, the Tasnim News Agency reported that Velayati been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019. He was reported to be under quarantine.[19]
Velayati has had a large number of books and academic works published, including:[6]
  1. ^ Jedinia, Mehdi (26 August 2010), Ahmadinejad Faces New Conservative Challenge: Relations with Motalefeh party strained by series of disputes, Institute for War & Peace Reporting, retrieved 5 June 2017
  2. ^ تمام اطلاعات خانوادگی کاندیداهای ریاست جمهوری یازدهم
  3. ^ نشان‌های دولتی در روزهای پایانی خاتمی و احمدی‌نژاد به چه‌کسانی رسید؟. Tasnim News Agency (in Persian). 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Candidate Profile: Ali Akbar Velayati". Asharq Alawsat. 11 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Ali Akbar Velayati". IRDiplomacy. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "Ali Akbar Velayati profile". PressTV. Archived from the original on 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  7. ^ Hunter, Shireen T. (Spring 1987). "After the Ayatollah". Foreign Policy. 66: 77–97. JSTOR 1148665.
  8. ^ Majd, Hooman. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ. Doubleday. 2008. 224.
  9. ^ A. Ehteshami (2002). "The foreign policy of Iran". In Lynne Rienner (ed.). The foreign policies of Middle East states (PDF). Boulder, Co. pp. 283–290.
  10. ^ Stephens, Brett, "Iran's al Qaeda", Stephens' "Global View" column, editorial pages, The Wall Street Journal, 16 October 2007; p. A20
  11. ^ Wanted profile on Interpol website
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
  13. ^ "Argentina: More international arrest warrants issued for 1994 Jewish center bombing". South American Political and Economic Affairs. 16 November 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  14. ^ Barsky, Yehudit (May 2003). "Hizballah"(PDF). The American Jewish Committee. Archived from the original (Terrorism Briefing) on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  15. ^ Chalhoub, Elie (14 February 2012). "Imad Mughniyeh in Iran: The Stuff of Legends". Al Akhbar. Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  16. ^ ولایتی جایگزین روحانی شد
  17. ^ Treasury Designates Supreme Leader of Iran’s Inner Circle Responsible for Advancing Regime’s Domestic and Foreign Oppression home.treasury.gov
  18. ^ Candidates profile Al Jazeera, 21 May 2013
  19. ^ "Top adviser to Iran's supreme leader infected with coronavirus: Tasnim". Reuters. 12 March 2020. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Kamal Kharazi
Academic offices
Preceded by
Hassan Rouhani
President of Center for Strategic Research
Succeeded by
Institute dissolved
Preceded by
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Chairman of Board of Trustees of Islamic Azad University
Succeeded by
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