Kamal Kharazi

Sayyid Kamal Kharazi (Persian: کمال خرازی‎, born 1 December 1944) is an Iranian reformist politician and diplomat who was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 20 August 1997 to 24 August 2005[1] as appointed by President Mohammad Khatami serving for eight years. He was replaced by Manouchehr Mottaki who was appointed by the next President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Kamal Kharazi
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Kharazi in 2020
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
20 August 1997 – 24 August 2005
PresidentMohammad Khatami
Preceded byAli Akbar Velayati
Succeeded byManouchehr Mottaki
Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations
In office
12 April 1989 – 30 August 1997
PresidentAkbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
Preceded byMohammad Nabavi
Succeeded byHadi Nejad-Hosseinian
Personal details
Ali Naghi Kharazi

(1944-12-01) 1 December 1944 (age 76)
Tehran, Iran
Alma materUniversity of Tehran
University of Houston

Early life and educationEdit

Kharazi was born in Tehran in 1944.[2] He got his Bachelor degree in Arabic language and literature, and after receiving his master's degree in education at the University of Tehran, he spent a year (1975–1976) as teaching fellow at the University of Houston, where he received a PhD. in industrial psychology.[3]


Kharazi in a meeting with Vladimir Putin

Kharazi has been a Professor of Management and Educational Psychology at Tehran University since 1983. Kharazi was a founding member of the Islamic Research Institute in London.

Kharazi has held a number of governmental, diplomatic and academic posts and headed Iranian delegations at numerous international conferences, most importantly at the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. For several years Kharazi presented the official Iranian position on TV and at university campuses in the United States and Europe, and has written extensively on foreign policy issues. He had extensive experience in guiding the media during the early days of Iran's Iranian Revolution.

From July 1980 to September 1989, he was the President of the Islamic Republic News Agency. On 18 September 1980, the Iran–Iraq War broke out, and Kharazi served as a member of the Supreme Defense Council of Iran and headed the War Information Headquarters and served as a military spokesman for most of the war (from September 1980 to September 1988).[2]

During the first months after the Iranian Revolution, Kharazi served as the Vice-President of Iranian National Television (March to August 1979) for the new Islamic state. He then served as the Vice-Minister for Political Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (from August 1979 to March 1980) and as the Managing Director of the Center for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (from August 1979 to July 1981). Previously, he represented Iran at the United Nations from 1989 to 1997.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ John F. Burns; Terence Neilan (17 May 2005). "Iranian Envoy in Iraq for Talks, as Rebels Battle U.S. Gunships". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Buchta, Wilfried (2000). Who rules Iran? (PDF). The Washington Institute and The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. p. 19.
  3. ^ Kamal Kharrazi (CV) Archived 4 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine in his homepage at the University of Tehran (In Farsi)
Media offices
Preceded by
Deputy Head of IRIB
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nohammad-Reza Sharif
Managing-Director of IRNA
Succeeded by
Hossein Nasiri
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mohammad Nabavi
Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Hadi Nejad-Hosseinian
Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by