The heir to the throne of the deposed Shah of Iran says he is willing to die for his country and is ready to return and “play a prominent role” in Iranian affairs.
“My moment for the return to my country will come, I assure you,” Reza Pahlavi, the eldest son of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, told The Media Line in an exclusive interview from his home in Washington, DC. “I want to be in my homeland. I have been forced into a scenario of exile,” he said. “I believe that any Iranian like myself should have the right to live in his own country and contribute the best that one can as an Iranian to the betterment of our country.”
Pahlavi’s father died in exile after being ousted during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
To many, the likelihood that the Shah’s son could become the next leader of Iran is slim, but in the turmoil following the recent elections, the possible resurrection of the Iranian monarchy is once again being discussed.