Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has selected a new ambassador to represent Tehran at the United Nations, Hamid Abutalebi, a veteran diplomat who has held key European postings in the past, Iranian sources said.
Abutalebi, who has served as Iran’s ambassador to Italy, Belgium and Australia, was chosen to replace Iran’s outgoing ambassador, Muhammad Khazaee, sources said. Khazaee’s departure was previously announced.
A spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission declined to comment.
Abutalebi began working for the Islamic Republic’s foreign ministry in the early 1980s, not long after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.