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Biography of Mottaki, nominee for post of foreign minister

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Aug 14, IRNA
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a letter to Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here Sunday morning announced list of his 21-member cabinet ministers.

Ahmadinejad named Manouchehr Mottaki as foreign minister who, like other nominees, must receive a vote of confidence from members of the 290-seat Majlis.

Hereunder comes some facts about the proposed foreign minister:
Manouchehr Mottaki was born in Bandar Gaz in the northern province of Golestan, in 1953.

He got his BA from India's University of Bangalore in 1976 in the field of social sciences and received his MA from Tehran University in 1996 in the field of international relations.

Mottaki has a good command of English as well as Urdu and Turkish languages.

He already served as member of parliament in the first Majlis, head of seventh political bureau of Foreign Ministry (1984), Iran's ambassador to Turkey (1985), Foreign Ministry's secretary general for West European affairs (1989), deputy foreign minister for
international affairs (1989) and deputy foreign minister for legal, consular and parliamentary affairs (1992).

He has also been Iran's ambassador to Japan (1994), advisor to foreign minister (1999), deputy head of Culture and Islamic Communications Organization (2001) and Head of foreign relations committee of 7th Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.



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