Nasim—Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani as the country’s new secretary of the Supreme National Security Council on Tuesday.
Shamkhani will replace Saeed Jalili who was a rival of Rouhani in the Iran’s June presidential election.
Saeed Jalili as the secretary of NSC was the top Iranian negotiator in the nuclear talks with the group of P5+1 but President Rouhani put Foreign Ministry in charge of the talks.
Rear admiral Ali Shamkhani served as the commander of the IRGC navy with the rank of rear admiral. Later he also commanded the Artesh navy in addition to the IRGC navy.
Then he held the post of the minister of defense from August 1997 until August 2005 in the government of Mohammad Khatami. Shamkani was replaced by Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar in the post. In the 2001 presidential elections Shamkhani run for office.
He is the director of the Iranian Armed Forces’ Center for Strategic Studies. He is also military advisor to the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Determining the defense and national security policies, coordination of activities in the areas relating to politics, intelligence, social, cultural and economic and exploitation of materialistic and intellectual resources of the country is the current responsibility of this council.
by Nasim Online
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