Iranian Affairs Abroad at
the President Office
The High Council of Iranian
Affairs Abroad was established in late 2004 for more sincere contacts with
Iranians living aboard, seeing into their affairs, and helping them with their
problems. At its very inception, the Council was affiliated to the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs. After the inauguration of the ninth government, President
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered structure and status of the Council to be uplifted
and it became a subsidiary of the President Office.
The President is also
chairman of the High Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad. At present, Esfandiyar
Rahim Mashaei, High Advisor to the President and Chief of Staff of the
President Office, is heading the Council as substitute to the President.
Mr. Mashaei has, in turn,
appointed Dr. Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh as Secretary-General of the High
Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad.
the High Council:
Major duties of the High
Council of Iranian Affairs Abroad include:
1. To take necessary
measures for more constructive interaction with Iranians abroad and to protect
their identity as well as various rights, including legal, consular, economic,
judicial, and so on;
2. Coordination among
various state organizations in the country to provide better services and
facilities and to establish closer ties to Iranians abroad by proposing
necessary laws and passing suitable regulations.
Another reason for special
attention to Iranians living abroad is to take advantage of their capabilities
and capacities and to transfer their knowledge and capital into the country.
Conference of Iranians Living Abroad:
The High Council organized a
big gathering of Iranians living abroad in the summer of 2010. The High
Council invited Iranian specialists from all five continents in various areas
of science, technology, culture and economics.
Out of about 10,000 Iranians
introduced, a total of 1,395 Iranian elites and specialists were chosen in
cooperation with related organizations, institutions, universities,
ministries, industrial centers, scholars and pundits working with various
scientific associations, science and technology parks. Iranís embassies aboard
and cultural advisors were also of great help.
The gathering was held for
two days at the Summit Conference Hall in Tehran and the inaugural ceremony
was addressed by President Ahmadinejad.
Speaking at the conference,
Mashaei noted that the gathering could be a great magnet to attract Iranians
living abroad to support their country and science in Iran. He added that the
event was also a good opportunity for many specialists living in various parts
of the world to meet one another and to be linked to state-run and private
executive and managerial institutions.
Addressing the audience, Dr.
Malekzadeh also noted that an Iranian and ďan elite is a nation when living
Achievements of the Conference
Major achievements of the
conference were as follows:
1. To open a foreign
exchange fund for Iranians living abroad;
2. To open a data bank of
Iranians living abroad;
3. To open a virtual network
for Iranian specialists;
4. To open a visual system
of a 24-hour hour center which attends to the affairs of Iranians living
5. To unveil memorial stamp
of the conference;
6. To present a plan for the
establishment of a data bank of Iranian physicians living