Tatarstan officials condole Ayatollah Rafsanjani's demise

Moscow, Jan 12, IRNA – A number of senior officials of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia attended Iran's Consulate General in the capital city of Kazan to express condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Tatarstan Minister of Culture Ayrat Sibagatullin condoled Iran's consul general in Kazan on the demise of the late Rafsanjani. He wrote in the memorial book which was opened for the late Rafsanjani that Ayatollah Hashemi was an eternal figure and an outstanding statesman.

Iran's Consul General Ali Beman Iqbali Zarch appreciated Tatar president and officials' sympathy, saying that Iran-Russia growing relations have also improved Tehran-Kazan cooperation.

Tatar Minister of Industries and Trade Albert Karimov also signed the memorial book in the Consulate, writing that Ayatollah Hashemi's demise was a big loss for Iranians.

Tatar Vice Speaker Yuri Kamaltitov, Deputy Minister of Education and Sciences Andre Puminov and Chairman of Culture Commmission Razil Valiyev also signed the memorial book for the late Hashemi.

Earlier, Tatar President Rustam Minnikhanov said in his condolence message to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani that Hashemi's life had been devoted to serving the Iranian nation and striving for global peace and welfare.