Iran appoints new ambassador to UN headquarters
The Islamic Republic on Sunday appointed Saeed Iravani, a former deputy to the country’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, as Iran’s new ambassador to the United Nations.
Iravani, who will replace Majid Takht-Ravanchi, was deputy to Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), for nine years. Majid Takht-Ravanchi was among the latest officials appointed by former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who led Iran’s negotiations with the P5+1 countries that culminated in the 2015 nuclear deal – or the Plan of joint global action.
Iravani also served as Iranian Chargé d’Affaires in Iraq and Secretary of Iran’s Strategic Council for Foreign Relations. He has career overlaps with current chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri-Kani – as both were deputies at the SNSC. He is the first Iranian Ambassador to the UN with extensive SNSC experience. Iravani Diplomatic Missions – spearheading Saudi-Iranian dialogue in Baghdad and his experience as a Chargé d’Affaires – have been more regionally focused than his predecessors to date.
President Ebrahim Raisi also appointed new ambassadors to six countries – Georgia, India, Lebanon, the Czech Republic, Poland and Sierra Leone – on Sunday, all but cleaning up the diplomatic list of appointees by former President Hassan Rouhani’s administration. A cleric, Khalil Sadati Amiri, has been appointed Iranian ambassador to Sierra Leone.
Additionally, Raisi appointed Ali Bahraini as Tehran’s permanent representative to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva.