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
Ambassador of Iran to the United Kingdom
In office
Preceded by Hossein Ghods-Nakhai
Succeeded by Ardeshir Zahedi
In office
Preceded by Hassan Taqizadeh
Succeeded by Ali Soheili
Ambassador of Iran to the Iraq
In office
Preceded by Mussa Nuri Esfandiary
Succeeded by Muhammed Shayesta
Personal details
Born 1896
Died 1975
Spouse(s) Esmat Dowlatshahi
Alma mater University of Geneva

Mohsen Rais (Persian: محسن رئیس‎; born 1896 – death 1975)[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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  4. ^ Rashid Khatib-Shahidi (15 April 2013). German Foreign Policy Towards Iran Before World War II: Political Relations, Economic Influence and the National Bank of Persia. I.B.Tauris. p. 163. ISBN 978-1-84885-324-9. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Buckingham Palace, 6 August 1947-". The London Gazette. 12 August 1947. p. 2. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  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.