Iran's minister of science and technology, Mohammad Mehdi Zahedi, may be denied a diplomatic post due to a past meeting with former Israeli Minister Raleb Majadele.
Zahedi was nominated to serve as an ambassador at one of Iran's embassies abroad until a conservative website decided to publish a photograph of him together with Majadele, who was then Israel's science, culture, and sport minister.
Zahedi (left) seated next to Majadele
The website, Jahan, which is affiliated with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reported Sunday that during a 2008 convention in Jordan Zahedi took part in a discussion attended by Jews and sat with Majadele during a closed-door session.
The report was immediately picked up by most Iranian news agencies, one of which said, "Despite efforts to keep the meeting from leaking to the press, it has happened. The rumor that he will be appointed ambassador caused Jahan to publish the photos, probably in order to warn against choosing an ambassador who doesn't abide by the rules."
Most of the Iranian reports therefore expressed the opinion that the discovery would likely prevent Zahedi from receiving the post.