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COVID-19: Ex-Iranian Minister Dies

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Iran has been thrown into national mourning as it loses its former Deputy Foreign Minister, Hussein Sheikholeslam, to coronavirus.

The 67 year old diplomat died early Friday morning in a hospital in Iran’s capital city Tehran.

In a press release, Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, described him as a friend and always fair -minded diplomat.

Sheikholeslam was deputy foreign minister throughout the 1980s and then had roles as Iran’s ambassador to Syria, a member of parliament and was most recently a foreign policy advisor to the Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani.

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In Iran more than 3,500 people have been infected with coronavirus and 107 have died.

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