Ex-Iranian General, Ambassador Dies
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nader Batmanghelidj, a former Iranian army lieutenant general, ambassador and cabinet minister under the late Shah Reza Pahlavi, died Friday of kidney failure at a nursing home in suburban Reston, Va. He was 95.
Batmanghelidj was army chief of staff before serving as Iran’s ambassador to Pakistan from 1955 to 1957 and to Iraq from 1957 to 1958. he was interior minister in 1958 and 1959 and chairman of the Military Group of the Central Treaty Organization in the early 1960s.
After the Islamic revolution overthrew the Shah in 1979, Batmanghelidj was arrested and served three years of a life prison sentence before being allowed to come to the United States for medical treatment and a visit with relatives.
Survivors include his wife, two children, a stepdaughter, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.