Mohammad Khazaee

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Mohammad Khazaee
محمد خزاعی
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Mohammad Khazaee in 2016
Deputy Minister of Finance for International Trade
Assumed office
1 October 2015
President Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Behrouz Alishiri
Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations
In office
25 July 2007 – 25 July 2015
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Hassan Rouhani
Preceded by Mohammad Javad Zarif
Succeeded by Gholamali Khoshroo
Member of the Parliament of Iran
In office
3 May 1981 – 3 May 1988
Constituency Tehran
Personal details
Born (1953-04-12) April 12, 1953 (age 63)
Kashmar, Iran
Alma mater University of Guilan
George Mason University

Mohammad Khazaee (Persian: محمد خزاعی‎‎, born 12 April 1953 in Kashmar, Iran)[1] is the former Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations. He presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in July 2007.[1] He was elected as Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly on 14 September 2011.



Khazaee has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Guilan. He also holds a master’s degree in international transactions from George Mason University in the United States, Mr. Khazaee has taught macroeconomics and philosophy at Tehran’s Allameh Tabatabai University.[1]


From 1981 to 1988, Khazaee was a Member of Parliament, where he served as Rapporteur of the Economic Committee (1982–1988) and the Banking Reform Committee (1981–1982).[2]

Government appointments[edit]

Prior to receiving his appointment as Permanent Representative, Khazaee held positions in international development financing between 2002 and 2007, serving as both Vice-Minister for International Affairs and President of the Organization for Economic and Technical Assistance in Iran’s Ministry of Economic Affairs. Concurrently, he served as Governor of the OPEC Fund, Vice-Chairman of that organization’s Investment Committee, Alternate Governor for the Islamic Development Bank and a board member of the Iran-Misr (Iran-Egypt) Development Bank. From 1988 to 2002, he represented Iran at the World Bank.[2]


In June 2010, amid hostility between Israel and Iran over the Islamic Republic's controversial nuclear program, Khazaee declared in his hometown of Kashmar, "If the Zionist regime commits the slightest aggression against the Iranian soil, we will set the entire war front and Tel Aviv on fire."[3]


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mohammad Javad Zarif
Ambassador of Iran to the United Nations
Succeeded by
Gholamali Khoshroo