Ebrahim Raisi

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Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president,  at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

The protracted process of mending troubled regional relations and ending risky rivalries appears to have been given impetus by two key Middle Eastern (...)

Taliban figure Abdul Ghani Baradar. Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Time magazine’s top 100 global figures for 2021 includes several key individuals from the wider Middle East, including the Taliban’s veteran diplomat (...)

 Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi (R) talks to Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi (L) at the presidential palace in Tehran. Photograph: Iranian presidential office handout/EPA

Iraqi prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Sunday became the first foreign leader to meet Iran’s hardline president Ebrahim Raisi since the latter beg(...)

 The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, delivering a speech next to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency,  Rafael Grossi, following their meeting in Tehran. Photograph:  AFP via Getty Images

Iran is to allow the UN nuclear watchdog to service monitoring cameras at Iranian nuclear sites after talks on Sunday with IAEA head Rafael Grossi, ac(...)

  Iranian Shia Muslims wearing face masks take part in a mourning ceremony amid the coronavirus crisis in northern Tehran, Iran.  Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

The newly elected Iranian government led by President Ebrahim Raisi is facing demands to broaden its sources of vaccines as the country becomes engulf(...)

Taliban political office chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (left) meets Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in Doha. Photograph: Qatari ministry of foreign affairs/AFP

The Taliban’s rapid takeover of Afghanistan has shocked Middle Eastern governments fearful of the regional repercussions of this destabilising develop(...)

Outgoing Iranian  president Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s newly inaugurated president Ebrahim Raisi during a handover ceremony in Tehran. Photograph: Iranian Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s eighth president, Ebrahim Raisi, faces the most daunting domestic, regional and international challenges confronting the Islamic republic since(...)

President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during his swearing-in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Thursday. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s new hardline president Ebrahim Raisi took the oath of office before parliament on Thursday, with the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers facing (...)

A young couple hold hands as they take a night-time stroll along a Tehran street in a public display of affection, passing a polling station they had (...)

Iran’s president-elect Ebrahim Raisi holds his first news conference, in Tehran on Monday, following his victory in the presidential election. Photograph: Ali Mohammadi/Bloomberg

Iran’s newly elected president has signalled that his government will take a tougher line with negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal Tehran signed w(...)

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