Iran starts get-out-the-vote drive

TEHRAN, April 22 (UPI) -- Iranian voters have an opportunity to make a statement to the country's enemies by turning out for June elections, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
Iranian presidential field growing

Iranian presidential field growing

TEHRAN, March 25 (UPI) -- Deputy speaker of the Iranian Parliament Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard announced he's running for president in June's elections.
Iran encouraging high voter turnout

Iran encouraging high voter turnout

TEHRAN, March 21 (UPI) -- Iranians need to honor the call from the Iranian supreme leader and turn out for June presidential elections, the cultural and guidance minister said.

Queue grows for Iranian president

TEHRAN, March 18 (UPI) -- Former Iranian Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedikia said Monday he was competing for the presidency.

Iran wary of election disruptions

TEHRAN, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Iranian intelligence services are "conducting heavy monitoring" for potential disruptions ahead of June presidential elections, the intelligence minister said.
Iran ready to talk about nuclear program

Iran ready to talk about nuclear program

BEIJING, March 29 (UPI) -- Iran is ready to resume negotiations with EU member states next month regarding a nuclear enrichment program, the Iranian foreign minister said.
Ahmadinejad answers Parliament's questions

Ahmadinejad answers Parliament's questions

TEHRAN, March 14 (UPI) -- Iran's Parliament Wednesday summoned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to answer questions about his 11-day absence and dismissing his foreign minister.
Iran's foreign minister sacked

Iran's foreign minister sacked

TEHRAN, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi took over as foreign ministry Monday after Iran's president announced he fired Manouchehr Mottaki.

Iran says it would restart nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Iran is willing to resume talks about its nuclear program, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Sunday.
Iran blames West for stalled nuclear talks

Iran blames West for stalled nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Iran's foreign minister is putting the blame on Western nations for the failure of nuclear disarmament efforts.

Egypt cancels Iranian FM's visit

CAIRO, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Egypt has canceled a visit by Iran's foreign minister who criticized President Hosni Mubarak for attending the Washington summit last week, officials said.

Iran: Peace talk participants 'traitors'

CAIRO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Egypt says it has canceled a meeting with Iran's foreign minister after he called participants in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks "traitors."
Iran official warns U.S. against attack

Iran official warns U.S. against attack

TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- If the United States attacks Iran over its nuclear activities, it would suffer dire consequences, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Tuesday.

Iran seeks peace for Afghanistan

TEHRAN, July 16 (UPI) -- The insurgency plaguing stability operations under way in Afghanistan is a menace, the Iranian foreign minister said in Tehran.
U.S. officials attend Iranian dinner

U.S. officials attend Iranian dinner

NEW YORK, May 7 (UPI) -- Washington and its allies sent low-level envoys to a dinner hosted by the Iranian foreign minister during a U.N. nuclear summit, officials said.
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Manouchehr Mottaki
Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki speaks during the 19th Conference on Persian Gulf in Tehran, Iran on January 18, 2010. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian

Manouchehr Mottaki (Persian: منوچهر متکی ; born 12 May 1953) is an Iranian politican and diplomat. He was the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs. Whilst technically appointed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he is considered to be closer to more pragmatic conservative factions and during the 2005 presidential election, he was the campaign manager of Ali Larijani, the Muslim conservative candidate.

Mottaki was born in Bandar-e-gaz County and went to school there. Bandar-Gaz was considered an important city in the north with a national railroad and several infrastructures during the Reza Shah Pahlavi regime due to its position as a transit bridge to the north mainly to the former Soviet Union. After graduation, he joined the army and as national plan joined the public education program by that day which was conducted by the government. He went to Khorasan province and established a school in a poor village around Mashhad and taught there. After his service in the army, since he was interested in social and political issues, he decided to travel abroad both for experience and study. By that time many Iranians traveled to India, which was seen as a popular academic destination. So he traveled there for a few years before the Iranian Revolution.

Mottaki holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of Tehran and a bachelor's degree from Bangalore University in India.

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