After major diplomatic developments in the region, Iran’s President Ibrahim Raisi appointed Ali Akbar Ahmadian as the new head of the country’s security chief, Ali Shamkhani.
According to the report of news agency AFP, President Ibrahim Raisi has appointed the country’s top security post as General of the Revolutionary Guard, while Ali Shamkhani has been replaced after almost a decade of diplomatic progress with the Gulf countries.
It was reported in Iran’s presidential official website that “Ali Akbar Ahmadian has been appointed as the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council by presidential decree”.
Iran’s top security agency reports to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is the final authority on all major decisions.
Ali Akbar Ahmadian is an alum of the Public Protection College and was responsible for the Essential Focus of the Progressive Gatekeepers (IRGC) preceding his new post, the official pronouncement said.
Ali Akbar Ahmadian previously served on the advisory board of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Iran’s top security general has also served as the Revolutionary Guard’s naval forces and its chief of joint staff in the past.
According to the report, in 2007, Ali Akbar Ahmadian, as the Chief of Joint Staff of the powerful security forces, was blacklisted by the US.
It should be noted that 67-year-old Ali Shamkhani took over as Iran’s security chief in 2013, before Saeed Jalili held the position.
Arab-born Ali Shamkhani is credited with playing a role in ending years of tensions with Gulf countries, the report said.
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It was further reported that Ali Shamkhani had played a key role in the historic agreement to restore relations with Saudi Arabia in March, while relations between the two countries had been strained for 7 years.
According to the report, before the tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the past years, Saudi Arabia awarded Ali Shamkhani with the country’s highest award, the Abdul Aziz Al Saud Medal, in 2000.
Ali Shamkhani was given this award by Saudi Arabia in recognition of his role in bringing the two countries closer as the defense minister.
The outgoing security chief has been involved in negotiations for a landmark 2015 deal with world powers over Iran’s nuclear program.