Aug 28, 2017, 12:06 PM
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Body of Iran's former FM to be transferred to home

Tehran, Aug 28, IRNA – The body of former Iranian foreign minister Ebrahim Yazdi who died at the age of 86 in the western Turkish city of Izmir will be transferred to Iran as soon as possible, one of his relatives announced on Monday.

'Doctors have issued his death certificate and necessary measures have been made by Iran's Embassy in Turkey for returning his body to Iran and he will be back with the earliest flight,' Mohammad Tavassoli told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

He addedd, 'No time has been set for the burial ceremony yet and it will be made public after being fixed.'

According to Tavassoli, Iran's post-revolution interim government's foreign minister (Yazdi) had planned to return home on September 5.

'He was in normal condition yesterday (Sunday) but the situation changed abruptly and he failed to survive' despite all efforts made by the doctors at an Izmir's hospital, Tavassoli said.

Eight months ago, Yazdi, who was suffering from prostate cancer and old age, 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 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 succeeded him as the secretary general of Nehzat-e Azadi-ye Iran (Freedom Movement of Iran).

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