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Iran: Minister Resumes Work After Withdrawing Resignation – Source



Iran’s high-profile foreign minister rescinded his resignation less than 36 hours after he flamboyantly announced his departure from the Cabinet position in an Instagram post.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat and a pillar of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, was all smiles and at work Wednesday standing alongside President Hassan Rouhani to welcome Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the Iranian capital on a state visit broadcast live on television.

Hours earlier Mr Rouhani formally rejected Mr Zarif’s resignation.

“It is the belief of myself and the Supreme Leader you are a trusted, brave and devout individual standing on the front line against America’s multilateral pressures,” Mr Rouhani wrote in a letter published Wednesday on the official presidential website. “I think your resignation is against the country’s interests and I do not accept it.”

The show of support could bolster Mr Zarif’s position within the Iranian political establishment –  but it could also paint Mr Zarif as a somewhat thin-skinned and petty political player.

He didn’t attempt to resign over a major difference on policy or principle. He threatened to quit because he wasn’t invited to a relatively meaningless photo op.

Mr Zarif’s continued service will come as a relief to Western diplomats seeking to uphold the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA), the 2015 nuclear deal, after the US pulled out of the historic accord last year. Many had feared Mr Zarif’s departure could weaken attempts to keep Iran’s nuclear programme in check.

“People are policy, and having made the deal, he would be one of its most fervent advocates inside the system,” a former senior Western official who closely involved in the years-long negotiations preceding the deal told The Independent.

Mr Zarif announced his resignation hours after photos appeared online showing him being excluded from meetings during a state visit by Syria’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad.

But Mr Rouhani and scores of Iranian lawmakers and diplomats demanded he stay on.

Iranian news outlets across the political spectrum asked him to stay put. Even conservative voices such as Vatan-e Emruz, which described his resignation as “childish,” opined that he should remain. The hardline Keyhan, declared: “It is no time to resign. Resolve quarrels in the cabinet.”




(The Independent)


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