|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Monarch||Mohammad Reza Pahlavi|
|Minister of Posts and Telecommunications|
|Ambassador of Iran to the United Kingdom|
|Preceded by||Hossein Ghods-Nakhai|
|Succeeded by||Ardeshir Zahedi|
|Preceded by||Hassan Taqizadeh|
|Succeeded by||Ali Soheili|
|Ambassador of Iran to the Iraq|
|Preceded by||Mussa Nuri Esfandiary|
|Succeeded by||Muhammed Shayesta|
|Alma mater||University of Geneva|
Early life and education
Rais joined the Iranian foreign ministry in 1919. He served as counsellor in Paris from 1930 to 1933. He was named director of the league of nations and treaty department in the ministry in 1933 and was in office until 1935. He was the ambassador of Iran to Germany from 1935 to 1938. In 1938, he served as acting foreign minister. He was appointed director general of the political affairs at the foreign ministry in 1938 and his tenure ended in 1939.
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. He held the post until 1950 and was succeeded by Ali Soheili in the post. Then Rais was appointed foreign minister in 1950 and his term lasted until 1951. From 1958 to 1960, he was the governor-general of Azerbaijan. 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). His last public office was the governor of Tehran (1964-1969) and during the same period he was also a senator.
Honors and awards
Rais was the recipient of various awards, including the Order of Homayun (1947; 1st class) and
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