FM of Iran’s post-revolution interim govt dies in Turkey

IRNA – Ebrahim Yazdi who served as Iran’s foreign minister in 1979 provisional Government of Mehdi Bazargan died at the age of 86 in Turkey, his relatives have announced in a twitter message.on Sunday night.

Eight months ago, Yazdi underwent a surgery in Izmir after he failed to travel to US for the same purpose when the US government refused to issue a visa for him due to the January visa ban imposed by the US President Donald Trump.

On January 27, Trump imposed visa ban on the nationals of seven Muslim countries, including Iran. A few days later, the order was suspended by an American judge; however, the US president signed a new visa order on Monday (March 6) that imposed ban on the six Muslim nations. In his new order, Trump exempted Iraq.

Yazdi who was suffering from prostate cancer, was hospitalized in a clinic in Turkey during the past two weeks due to his post-surgery critical conditions.

After the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, Yazdi along with the late Imam Khomeini returned home from an exile in France and later became deputy prime minister when the interim government of Mehdi Bazargan took office at the same year.

When the then Iranian foreign minister Karim Sanjabi resigned after almost three months, Yazdi was chosen as Sanjabi’s successor.

After Bazargan’s death in 1995, Yazdi became secretary general of Nehzat-e Azadi-ye Iran (Freedom Movement of Iran).