|Chief of Staff of the President of Iran|
10 August 2001 – 10 August 2005
|Preceded by||Mohammad-Ali Abtahi|
|Succeeded by||Gholam-Hossein Elham|
Khatami was born to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khatami, alongside older siblings Fatemeh Khatami and Mohammed Khatami and younger brother, Mohammad-Reza Khatami. He lived in Fort Lee, New Jersey while pursuing a degree in Industrial Engineering in Brooklyn, New York.
In 2000, during his brother's first term as President of Iran, rumors circulated in the Iranian press that Ali Khatami was involved in the distribution of "videotapes in which the officials of the system were insulted". These rumors were denied by the President's office, and described as an effort to exert pressure on the President by showing his family in a damaging light.
In 2001, Mohammed Khatami named Ali as his chief of staff, after being elected to a second term as President.
- Sciolino, Elaine (2001). Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran. Simon and Schuster. pp. 79–80. ISBN 0-7432-1779-9.
- IRNA (July 1, 2000). "Involvement of Khatami's brother in videotape case strongly denied". IRNA.
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