Australia hails late Ayatollah Rafsanjani

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 12, IRNA – An official with Australian Foreign Ministry wrote in the memorial book opened in Iran's Embassy in Canberra that the late Hashemi Rafsanjani was one of the powerful figures in the Iranians' political and social life.

Iran's Embassy in Canberra opened a memorial book for the late Hashemi and Australian officials hailed the lofty status of Hashemi by signing the book.

Director General of Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Middle East and Asia Innes Brown visited the Iranian embassy on behalf of the ministry and expressed condolences on the demise of Ayatollah Hashemi.

Ambassadors and high-ranking officials of different countries including Ireland, Romania, Iraq, Russia, Bulgaria, Jordan, Venezuela, Thailand, Georgia, Uganda, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan Republic, Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Philippines and Afghanistan also paid tribute to the late Ayatollah by signing the memorial books in Iran's embassies in Canberra.

Veteran Iranian politician and cleric Aytatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday due to a heart attack in Tehran.