0719 GMT August 20, 2019
In his decree on Sunday, Ayatollah Khamenei stated that the appointment was made in view of Salami’s commitment and valuable work experience in large-scale management fields and different posts in the IRGC, Press TV reported.
“In light of Major General Mohammad Ali Ja'fari’s opinion about the necessity of change in the [high] command of the IRGC, and while thanking a decade of his valuable and voluminous and lasting services, in view of your merits and precious experiences in large-scale management [positions] and various responsibilities [that you shouldered] within the revolutionary, Jihadi and popular institution of the IRGC, I grant you the rank of major general and appoint you as the chief commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps,” the Leader said in his decree.
The Leader advised Major General Salami to fully upgrade the IRGC’s capabilities and preparedness in all fields, while paying due attention to the IRGC’s “essence,” that is, virtue and insight.
Ayatollah Khamenei also called for major steps to be taken under the new command towards all-out improvement of the IRGC.
The Leader also issued another decree in which he appointed the former chief commander of the IRGC as the head of Hazrat Baqiatollah al-A’zam Cultural and Social Headquarters.
The Leader advised Major General Ja’fari to take advantage of all “vast and profound” potentialities in the society to promote and expound the ideas of the Islamic Revolution.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, in separate messages, congratulated Hossein Salami on his appointment as the chief commander of the IRGC.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani also felicitated Major General Hossein Salami on his appointment as the chief commander of the IRGC, lauding his knowledge and successful experiences in various managerial fields within the IRGC as well as his revolutionary conduct.