Jan 10, 2017, 1:42 PM
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Flags flying at half-mast at Iranian embassies worldwide

Moscow, Jan 10, IRNA - Iran's flags were ordered lowered to half-mast at the Iranian embassies worldwide due to demise of late Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who died at the age of 82 on Sunday.

Ambassadors and foreign diplomats in Germany, India, South Korea, Dubai (United Arfab Emirates), Russia, Belarus, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Eccuador, Indonesia and Slovenia signed Memorial books opened at the Iranian embassies on the occasion of the sad demise of a close friend and ally to the Father of the Islamic Revolution the late Imam Khomeini and also the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Ayatollah Rafsanjani died on January 8 due to a heart attack in a Tehran hospital.

He was Rafsanjani was a veteran cleric, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution and an influential politician, who served in different positions in the post-1979 Islamic Revolution era.

In his message on the demise of the late ayatollah, the Leader described him as 'an old friend, a comrade and companion during the struggles of the Islamic movement, who was also a close colleague in the Islamic Republic of Iran over the last several years.

The loss of a comrade, a companion with whom one has cooperated and felt close to for a full fifty-nine years, is difficult and overwhelming.'

The late ayatollah's demise turned out to be the top news in the international media and caused reactions of the world leaders who sent messages of condolences to the people and government of Iran.