|Chief of Staff of the President of Iran|
|Preceded by||Mohammad-Ali Abtahi|
|Succeeded by||Gholam-Hossein Elham|
Khatami was born to 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 master's degree in Industrial Engineering at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn.
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 & 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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