Nasrollah Entezam

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Nasrollah Entezam

Nasrollah Entezam ( Persian نصر الله انتظام[ næsroˈlːɔːh enteˈzɔːm ]; * February 16, 1900 in Tehran ; †  December 19, 1980 ) was an Iranian minister and diplomat.


Nasrollah Entezam comes from a well-respected Iranian family. His mother was Chorschid Chanum Ghaffari, a granddaughter of Mirza Ali Khan Amin al Dowleh . Nasrollah first attended the German Technical School in Tehran, the Dar-ol Fonun, and later studied at the School of Political Science in Tehran.

After completing his studies, he joined the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His first assignment abroad took him to the Iranian embassy in Paris. After a while he was transferred to the Iranian embassy in Warsaw.

In 1931 he returned to Iran and worked in the Foreign Ministry. International treaties fell into his field of work. For this reason he was appointed as secretary in the Iranian delegation, which was responsible for renegotiating the concession for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company from 1932 . In this context he accompanied Ali-Akbar Davar and Hossein Ala to Geneva to the League of Nations . From 1933 Entenzam was charge d'affaires of the Iranian Embassy in Bern and head of the Iranian delegation to the League of Nations in Geneva.

In 1939 Entezam returned to Iran as head of department, but was appointed chief of protocol to the Iranian court as early as 1940. With the invasion of British and Soviet troops as part of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran and the subsequent abdication of Reza Shah in favor of his son Mohammad Reza Pahlavi , Entezam took over the management of the court until Mohammad Ali Foroughi was appointed .

In 1943 he was appointed Minister of Health in the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmad Qavam . In Ali Soheili's subsequent cabinet , Entezam initially took over the Ministry of Post, Telegraphy and Telephone and later the Ministry of Transport. He headed the Ministry of Transport until his appointment as Foreign Minister by Prime Minister Morteza Gholi Bayat . As early as March 1945, Entezam resigned as foreign minister in order to travel with the Iranian delegation to San Francisco to the founding assembly of the United Nations. From 1947 he was the permanent representative and ambassador of his country to the UN . Entezam the fifth President of the UN General Assembly (was 1950 / 1951 ).

In 1953, Entezam was dismissed from Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh as ambassador to the United Nations, but was sent to Washington DC as Iranian ambassador immediately after the fall of Mossadegh. In 1958, Entezam was sent to Paris as an ambassador. In 1962 he returned to Iran to become Minister without Portfolio in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Asadollah Alam .

Nasrollah Entezam was initially a member of the New Iran party (Iran Novin). On May 2, 1975, Entezam became the founding chairman and later vice chairman of the Rastachiz party.

During the beginning of the Islamic Revolution , Entezam returned to Tehran from a trip abroad from Geneva. There he was immediately arrested, taken to Eving Prison and severely ill-treated for a long time. His cellmate, former Minister of Health Sheikhol Eslam, called for him to be transferred to hospital immediately. Entezam was released only to die a few days later at his sister Farok Lagha Entezam-Saltaneh's home. The house of Nasrollah Entezam, which is full of gifts from friends and diplomats and memorabilia of his time in the service of his country, was looted and completely robbed.

His brother Abdullah Entezam-Saltaneh was the Iranian ambassador and foreign minister.


  • Abbas Milani: Eminent Persians: the men and women who made modern Iran (1941-1979). Syracuse University Press, New York, 2008, pp. 129-133.

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