Iran appoints Jalal Fairooz as its ambassador to Kuwait

May 18, 2010

Iran has appointed the head of the foreign ministry’s Gulf directorate as its new ambassador to Kuwait.

Jalal Fairooz will replace incumbent envoy Ali Jennati next month.

“Tehran is obviously seeking to consolidate its relations with the countries in the region by appointing experts and specialists in the area in order to win the support of Arab countries in its standoff with the West, particularly over the nuclear issue,” sources said.

The sources said that Kuwait had accepted the nomination and that Jalal Fairooz had good rapports with Kuwaiti officials.

Ali Jennati, 61, was appointed Iran’s top diplomat in Kuwait in 1992 and had his term renewed twice.

Earlier this month, he vehemently denied any involvement of his embassy in an alleged espionage ring busted by Kuwait’s security agencies amid reports that one of his staff acted as a liaison officer between the recruited spies and Iran’s Revolution Guards.

Conservative MP Mohammad Al Hayef had called for his expulsion and the recall of the Kuwaiti ambassador in Tehran over the spy cell.


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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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