Tehran (IP) - Iran's Minister of Foreign Affairs, in a message released on Wednesday extended his condolences on the loss of the famous poet of Iran, Amir Houshang Ebtahaj.

Iran PressIran News: The message read: "With great regret and grief, Amir Houshang Ebtahaj, a famous contemporary poet, writer and researcher of Iran, passed away.

The message added: " I offer my condolences to the family of this famous poet and lyricist, especially the cultural community of dear Iranian nation and Iranians living abroad."

Finally, Amir-Abdollahian asked  Allah, the Almighty, to bless the deceased poet's soul wishing him eternal peace and divine mercy.

Sympathizing with the family of Iran's great poet, Iran Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement that the necessary arrangements for the transfer and honoring and burial of the body of this great poet in Iran have been carried out, and the Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Frankfurt issued the necessary instructions in this regard and had constant contact with his family.

US.Daily Washington Post  wrote about Ebtahaj as follows:

"Houshang Ebtehaj, a distinguished Iranian poet whose small but influential body of work made him a major figure in his own country and in world literature, died on Wednesday in Cologne, Germany. He was 94.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Yalda Ebtehaj, who said on Instagram that her father, known by his pen name Shadow (Sayeh), had “joined the other world.” In the post, she quoted a verse written by her father in the style of the great mystic poet Rumi: “Roam, roam roam ... There are strangers in this home, so you strangely roam.”

The cause of Ebtahaj's death was kidney failure, according to Iran's media. Ebtehaj had lived in Germany since the late 1980s.

He was born in 1928 in Iran’s city of Rasht, some 240 kilometers (150 miles) northwest of Tehran, the capital. He began writing when he was young and published his first book of poetry when he was just 19. Throughout the 20th century, Ebtehaj contributed to the popularity of the ghazal — a traditional form of Persian poetry set to music that expresses the writer’s feelings, especially about love, with moving intensity."


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