"Kofi Annan praised the role of the Islamic Republic, especially in the area of peace."
Kofi Annan, along with some of the "elders" visited Iran. The Elders were a group founded by Nelson Mandela and includes such controversial figures as Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter.
Carter does not seem to have accompanied the Elders to Iran because a Carter hostage crisis featuring Jimmy Carter might have been a bit too much even for him, but Desmond Tutu came along.
According to Iranian media, the trip began "with a visit to the mausoleum of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini" where the former UN Secretary General who became notorious for both allegations of corruption and appeasement, "expressed certainty that with his presence at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini, his mission in Iran would yield good results."
According to Iranian media, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani responsible for the murder of Iranian democratic activists in Europe, among other atrocities, questioned Annan, quoted the Koran and denounced the terrorism and oppression of colonial powers. It goes on to say that "Kofi Annan praised the role of the Islamic Republic, especially in the area of peace."