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Iran FM Resigned Because He Was Not Informed About Assad Visit

Iran FM Resigned Because He Was Not Informed About Assad Visit

Tuesday, 5 March, 2019 - 12:45
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. (AP)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif submitted his resignation last week after he was not informed of the visit to Tehran by Syrian regime leader Bashar Assad, reported the ISNA news agency Tuesday.

It cited foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as the source of the information in its report.

“The ministry of foreign affairs did not have information at any level (about the trip) and this lack of information was maintained until the end of the trip,” he was quoted as saying.

“One of the reasons for the resignation of Dr. Zarif was this type of lack of coordination with the ministry of foreign affairs. And as it has been announced before, the resignation of the honorable minister was not a private and individual issue and the goal and intent of that was a positive effort to return the ministry of foreign affairs and the diplomatic system of the country to its main place.”

President Hassan Rouhani rejected Zarif’s resignation last Wednesday, bolstering a moderate ally who has long been targeted by hardliners in factional struggles over the 2015 nuclear deal with the West.

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, the branch of the elite Revolutionary Guards responsible for operations outside Iran’s borders, was present at a meeting last week between Assad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran.

Soleimani said last week that Zarif was the main person in charge of foreign policy and he was supported by Khamenei.

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