Ethiopian president condoles Ayat. Rafsanjani's demise

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA – Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome in a message to his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani condoled the Iranian people and government on the demise of Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

In his message, Teshome expressed grief over the death of the late ayatollah and appreciated Hashemi for his effective role in the establishment of regional security.

Ethiopian president also called for strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

Ayatollah Hashemi died at the age of 82 due to a heart attack in a hospital in Tehran on January 8. He was laid to rest in Imam Khomeini's Mausoleum south of Tehran on January 10.

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