Tehran (dpa) – Saleh Adibi has been named Iran’s first Sunni Muslim
ambassador, according to a report in daily newspaper Shargh on
Thursday, marking a potential cooling of tensions between the
majority Shiite country and its Sunni minority.
The 51-year-old Kurd is to be appointed as ambassador in Vietnam and
Sunni Muslims make up around 9 per cent of Iran’s largely Shiite
population. Their political representation has, up until now, been
limited to 18 seats in parliament representing provinces in the west
and south-west of the country.
President Hassan Rowhani’s appointment of literature professor Adibi
to the ambassadorship is largely considered a token of gratitude for
the president’s election victory in 2013, when 70 per cent of the
votes he received were from Sunni Muslims in Kurdish provinces.