Baku, Azerbaijan, June 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed five new members for the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations.
Former secretary of the Supreme National Security Council and Iran's nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, former ambassador to Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia, Ebrahim Sheibani and former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Ahmad Vahidi who was the minister of defense from 2009 to 2013 are among the new members of the council, Iran's Mehr news agency reported on June 17.
Other new members Hossein Taremi(former ambassador to China and Saudi Arabia) and Mehdi Mostafavi Ahari(former ambassador to West Germany) are not as well known.
The Strategic Council for Foreign Relations was created by a June 25, 2006 decree from Khamenei. The council is supposed to facilitate the country's decision-making process, find new foreign policy approaches, and make use of foreign policy experts.
Kamal Kharrazi, who served as foreign minister from 1997-2005, heads the council. Ali Akbar Velayati, who preceded Kharrazi as foreign minister and who currently serves as Khamenei's foreign affairs adviser, and former IRGC admiral Ali Shamkhani, who served as defense minister from 1997-2005 are also members of the council.