Farah Diba : 40 years after the death of the shah of Iran, his vibrant homage to the Egypt

There are now forty years old, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the last shah of Iran, died at the age of 60 years died of cancer of the lymphatic system, while he was in exile in Cairo. On July 27, 2020, his third and last wife, the empress Farah, took to social networks to address a long audio message to his “friends egyptians”. Because of the pandemic of sars coronavirus, the Iranian 81-year-old has not been able to make the journey to Egypt to visit the tomb of her deceased husband, to the mosque of al-Rifai.

Farah Pahlavi is the first came up on the last difficult weeks of her sick husband, finally collected and treated by the presidential couple egyptian Anwar and Jihane el-Sadat, after several months of exile among the nations of Panama, Morocco, the Bahamas, Mexico and the United States. “We were looking for a haven of safety, but above all, a place where His Majesty could receive the medical care he so badly needed, remembered the empress Farah on Instagram, Monday. This outstanding expression of compassion, courage, and good will is forever etched in my heart. It was the first time that we felt safe since we left Iran.”

The widow added : “The demonstration of loyalty to president Sadat to a friend has placed humanity and decency over political opportunism (…). Our love for Egypt and its citizens dates back to well over four decades. My family and I, along with many Iranians, are grateful forever to the people of your great country, for the hospitality and shelter which you have offered. I look forward to the day when the travel restrictions will be lifted, and we will be able to put the foot in a country that we consider as our second home.”

Farah Pahlavi and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi were married from 1959 to 1980 and had four children : the heir to the throne prince Reza (59 years old), princess Farahnaz (57 years old), prince Ali-Reza (who committed suicide in 2011 at the age of 45 years) and princess Leila (who died in 2001 of an overdose of sleeping pills at age 31). The ex-empress is now sharing his life between the United States, France and Egypt.