Adviser to Iran’s foreign minister dies of coronavirus


Tehran, 06 March 2020 – Staff Reporter:

An adviser to Iran’s foreign minister died from coronavirus.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, “a veteran and revolutionary diplomat” died late on Thursday.

Iran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected 3,513 people and killed at least 107 people in the country.

Six of those who died from coronavirus are politicians or government officials.

Before his death Sheikholeslam was advisor to Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. A former ambassador to Syria, he also served as deputy foreign minister from 1981 to 1997.

The novel coronavirus has also claimed the lives of other high profile Iranian officials, including Mohammad Mirmohammadi of the Expediency Council which advises Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Other deaths linked to the virus include Mohammad Ali Ramezani, an MP from Gilan, one of the worst-hit provinces in the country.

Tehran MP Fatemeh Rahbar is currently in a coma after being infected, according to ISNA news agency.

Iran has closed schools and universities, suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country to halt the rapid spread of coronavirus, which has spread to all of its 31 provinces.