Iranian foreign minister adviser dies of coronavirus

TEHERAN: an advisor for I ran The foreign minister who participated in the hostage crisis of the US embassy in 1979 died, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Hossein Sheikholeslam, a veteran and revolutionary diplomat died Thursday night, said IRNA.

I ran has been scrambling to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus which so far has infected 3,513 people and killed at least 107 people in the Islamic republic.

Six of those who died from coronaviruses are politicians or government officials.

Before his death, Sheikholeslam was an advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Former ambassador to Syria, he also served as vice minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1997.

Sheikholeslam was also one of the students involved in the 1979 I ran hostage crisis.

That year, and less than nine months after the toppling of the American-backed shah, I ran ian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage.

This prompted Washington to sever diplomatic ties with I ran in 1980.

The hostages were released in January 1981, after 444 days in captivity.

The novel coronavirus has also claimed the lives of other high-profile I ran ian officials, including Mohammad Mirmohammadi of the Expediency Council which advises supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Other deaths linked to the virus include Mohammad Ali Ramezani, an MP from Gilan, one of the worst-hit provinces in the country.

Tehran Fatemeh Rahbar's deputy is currently in a coma after being infected, according to the ISNA news agency.

I ran has closed schools and universities, suspended major cultural and sporting events and reduced working hours across the country to halt the rapid spread of coronavirus, which has spread to all of its 31 provinces.