Mohsen Rais

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Mohsen Rais
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
Monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Minister of Posts and Telecommunications
In office
Monarch Rezā Shāh
Personal details
Born 1896
Died N/A
Alma mater University of Geneva

Mohsen Rais (1896 - date of death unknown)[1] was an Iranian diplomat and served as foreign minister and as ambassador during the Pahlavi era.

Early life and education[edit]

Rais was born in 1896 in Tehran. His father was Zahir ol-Mulk.[2] He was a graduate of the University of Geneva.[2]


Rais joined the Iranian foreign ministry in 1919. He served as counsellor in Paris from 1930 to 1933.[2] He was named director of the league of nations and treaty department in the ministry in 1933 and was in office until 1935.[2] He was the ambassador of Iran to Germany from 1935 to 1938.[3][4] In 1938, he served as acting foreign minister.[2] He was appointed director general of the political affairs at the foreign ministry in 1938 and his tenure ended in 1939.[2]

Then he held the posts of ambassador to Romania and Yugoslavia (1939-1941), ambassador to France (1941-1942), minister of posts and telecommunications (1942) and ambassador to Iraq (1943-1947). He was appointed Iran's ambassador to the United Kingdom on 6 August 1947, replacing Hassan Taqizadeh in the post.[5] He held the post until 1950 and was succeeded by Ali Soheili in the post.[6] Then Rais was appointed foreign minister in 1950[7] and his term lasted until 1951.[1] From 1958 to 1960 he was the governor-general of Azerbaijan.[2] He was again transferred to diplomatic post and served as ambassador to France (1958 and 1962-1963), to the Netherlands (1960-1961) and the Court of St. James’s (1961-1962).[2] His last public office was the governor of Tehran (1964-1969) and during the same period he was also a senator.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rais married twice.[2] His second spouse was Esmat Dowlatshahi, who formerly married to Reza Shah.[2]

Honors and awards[edit]

Rais was the recipient of various awards, including the Order of Homayun (1947; 1st class) and


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  6. ^ "Buckingham Palace, 20 October1950". The London Gazette. 24 October 1950. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Russia "blasts at Persia" Shah says". The Sydney Morning Herald. 21 July 1950. Retrieved 7 August 2013.