Hardline diplomat Ali Bagheri Kani has been appointed as the new deputy for political affairs. He replaces veteran diplomat Abbas Araghchi, who led six rounds of nuclear talks in Vienna up to late July.
Ali Bagheri Kani was Deputy Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council from 2007 to 2013 and currently serves as an advisor at the council. He was Secretary-General of Iran’s Human Rights Office.
He was also chairman of Saeed Jalili’s presidential campaign in 2013 presidential election. He is the son of Mohammad-Bagher Bagheri, a former member of the Assembly of Experts and also nephew of Mohammad-Reza Mahdavi Kani. He has been a diplomat since 1990.