Iranian mourners carry a flag-draped coffin of Ebrahim Yazdi, a dissident politician and former foreign minister, in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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Hundreds of Iranians attended the funeral Thursday of Ebrahim Yazdi, one of the country's most influential dissident politicians and a former foreign minister.Yazdi was the English-language spokesman for Khomeini during the revolution and was appointed foreign minister in early 1979 after the toppling of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a pro-Western monarch.Washington later cut diplomatic relations with Tehran.After his resignation, Yazdi was frequently sentenced to prison on security charges, including an eight-year term in 2012 . Some Iranian leaders, including President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, as well as former reformist President Mohammad Khatami, offered condolence messages after Yazdi's death.
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