Jan 10, 2019 14:36 Asia/Tehran

Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani in an exclusive interview described his late father as the regional character aimed at developing ties with the regional countries and neighbours.

Iran Press/ Iran news: In an interview with Iran Press  on the sidelines of the ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the demise of late chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani in Tehran on Thursday, Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani (Late Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani's son) described his father as an internationally recognized political figure who was seeking to develop Iran's regional ties in order to construct more positive and constructive relations with all of its neighbours.

Referring to his father's two consecutive terms of presidency (1989-1997), the member of Tehran city council went on to talk about the era when the Soviet Union collapsed and Central Asian countries declared independence, and he further called that era the time when Iran was developing more ties with all of the Central Asian countries as well as other countries of the world including Arab countries, as well as Turkey and the rest of Iran's neighbours like Pakistan, and even Afghanistan.

"He was perusing the policy of détente, because he believed this method could bring about political friendship with the other countries so that Iran could sell its domestic products to them and they also invest in Iran to provide Iran's public welfare", Mohsen Hahsemi Rafsanjani concluded.

On January 8, 2017, the founding member of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution and president for two consecutive terms Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away after suffering a heart attack.

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He was 82 years old at the time of his pass away. The government announced three days of national mourning and a public holiday on his funeral day.


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