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Ali Akbar Velayati
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
15 December 1981 – 20 August 1997
President Ali Khamenei
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Prime Minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Preceded by Mir-Hossein Mousavi
Succeeded by Kamal Kharazi
Member of Parliament
In office
28 May 1980 – 15 December 1981
Constituency Tehran, Rey and Shemiranat
Majority 858,305 (52.5%)
Personal details
Born 24 June 1945 (1945-06-24) (age 76)
Shemiranat County, Iran
Political party Islamic Association of Physicians of Iran
Islamic Coalition Party
Other political
affiliations
Islamic Republican Party (1979–1987)
National Front (1961–1970s)
Iran Pen Society (1999–present)
Spouse(s) Shirin Khoshnevisan (1980–2003, her death)
Leyla Enayati (2007–present)
Children 6
Alma mater Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Johns Hopkins University
Awards Ribbon of Knowledge.png Order of Knowledge (1st class)
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Ali Akbar Velayati (Persian: علی‌اکبر ولایتی born 24 June 1945) is an Iranian conservative politician and physician. Velayati is a professor at Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

He is a 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.

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 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.

On 12 March 2020, it was reported that Velayati been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019. He was reported to be under quarantine.

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