Tehran, YJC. -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed former Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI).
Salehi said he had received a phone call from the president's office that he had been nominated as the AEOI Head.
Salehi served as foreign minister under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from December 2010 to August 2013. He was also Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) between 1997 and 2005.
Moreover, he served as deputy secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) between 2007 and 2009 and head of the AEOI from 2009 to 2010.
Born in 1949, Salehi earned his Ph.D. degree in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.