Hussein Sheikholeslam, an Iranian diplomat, on Friday morning died of coronavirus in a hospital in the country’s capital city, Tehran.
Sheikholeslam(67), was an advisor to Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, who described him “as a friend and always fair-minded diplomat”.
The deceased served as a deputy foreign minister from 1981 to 1997 and was also a former ambassador to Syria.
Since the outbreak of the disease in the country, top government officials, including Seyed Mohammad Mir-Mohammadi, an advisor of the supreme leader, and Mohammad Ali Dastak, a member of the Iranian parliament have died from the virus.
On Tuesday, Reza Misri, deputy speaker of Iran’s parliament, disclosed that 23 of his colleagues have also tested positive for coronavirus.
As of Thursday, more than 3,500 people have been infected with coronavirus with 107 deaths recorded in the country. Although, the death toll is suspected to be higher.
Among those infected are Iran’s vice-president for women and family affairs, and its deputy health minister.