Last night, Foreign Minister Zarif announced his resignation from the cabinet in a post on his Instagram account.
“Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service. Be happy and worthy,” Zarif wrote on his Instagram page on Monday night.
Iran’s Fars news agency has cited an unnamed source as saying Zarif has resigned ”over disagreements with the office President Hassan Rouhani”.
According to the source, Zarif was not notified of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Tehran, in which Assad met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Rouhani, in turn, was quoted by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as saying that during the visit Assad specifically extended gratitude to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
The remarks came after Mahmoud Vaezi, the chief of staff of the Iranian President, refuted media reports that Rouhani had accepted Zarif’s resignation.
In comments on Tuesday morning, rapporteur of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission said a group of lawmakers have sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani to voice support for Foreign Minister Zarif.The letter, signed by 150 parliamentarians, has asked the president to turn down Zarif’s resignation and encourage him to remain in his post.
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