Amir Khosrow Afshar

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Amir Khosrow Afshar
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Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
27 August 1978 – 1979
Monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Prime Minister Jaafar Sharif Emami
Gholam Reza Azhari
Preceded by Abbas Ali Khalatbari
Succeeded by Ahmad Mirfendereski
Personal details
Born 1919
Died N/A
Nationality Iranian

Amir Khosrow Afshar (born 1919, date of death unknown)[1][2] was an Iranian diplomat, who served as the minister of foreign affairs of Iran during the Shah era from 1978 to 1979.


Afshar was a career diplomat. At the beginning of the 1950s he was the political joint secretary at the foreign ministry.[3] He later assumed the posts of the foreign ministry's permanent secretary and deputy foreign minister.[4][5] In 1960, he was the acting minister of foreign affairs.[6]

He was appointed ambassador of Iran to the Court of St. James's on 6 November 1969, succeeding Abbas Aram in the post.[7][8] He held this position until December 1974 and was replaced by Muhammad Reza Amir Teymour in the post.[9][10]

He also served as the ambassador of Iran to West Germany and to France.[6] He was appointed foreign minister to the cabinet led by Jaafar Sharif Emami on 27 August 1978, replacing Abbas Ali Khalatbari in the post.[11] He retained the post when a military government led by Gholam Reza Azhari formed on 6 November 1978.[11] His term ended in 1979 and he was replaced by Ahmad Mirfendereski in the post.[1]


Afshar was the recipient of Honorary Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.[10]


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  2. ^ Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh (4 July 2013). Small Players of the Great Game. London: Routledge. p. xiv. ISBN 1134383789. 
  3. ^ Hashem Hakimi (13 February 2002). "Fatemi's outburst". The Iranian. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Roham Alvandi (2012). "Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: the origins of Iranian primacy in the Persian Gulf" (PDF). Diplomatic history. 36 (2): 337–372. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7709.2011.01025.x. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Thomas L. Hughes (22 April 1969). "Dispute Over the Shatt al-Arab Disturbs Relations Periodically" (Intelligence report). CIA. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Afshar-Ghassemlou, Amir-Khosrow". Harvard University. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "State Intelligence". The London Gazette. 27 November 1969. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  8. ^ John R. Hinnells (1975). Mithraic Studies: Proceedings of the First International Congress of Mithraic Studies. Manchester University Press. p. 518. ISBN 978-0-7190-0536-7. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Libel damages for Iran's former ambassador". The Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1984. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "State Intelligence" (PDF). London Gazette. 31 December 1974. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "A chronology of the Iranian Revolution (1978-79)". Derkeiler. Retrieved 25 July 2013.