Muhammad-Ali Tashkiri

Ayatollah Muhammad-Ali Taskhiri (b. 1948) is an Iranian diplomat and religious leader. During the 1980s Taskhiri served as the Iranian representative to the Organization of the Islamic Conference and was involved in promoting Iranian interests during the height of the IranñIraq War. His role became even more prominent after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Taskhiri was born in Iraq and has been an important liaison with Shia Iraqi organizations. He was a signatory to an intellectual letter from 38 Muslim scholars, sent as the official Islamic response to Islamophobic comments made by Pope Benedict XVI on September 12, 2006. He is currently the head of the Islamic Culture and Communications Organization in Iran.