Moments after President Hassan Rouhani rejected Zarif's resignation by deeming it against the country's national interests, the foreign minister in an Instagram post on Wednesday morning thanked the Iranian nation's and officials' generous kindness and support during his tenure, especially in the last three hours.
"The indications are that there has been no intention for Mr. Zarif to be absent from this meeting, and I must emphasize that he is the main foreign policy secretary of the Islamic Republic of Iran as the Foreign Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran" Soleimani said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.
Iran's president rejected the resignation of his foreign minister on Wednesday, throwing his full support behind the diplomat who negotiated the country's nuclear deal with world powers as both men face growing pressure from hard-liners as the accord unravels under American pressure.
His comments came after Zarif announced his resignation from the cabinet in a post on his Instagram account on Monday night. The Trump administration pulled the U.S. out of the deal in May past year and reinstated severe sanctions while claiming the pact isn't strict enough. One of his allies said his resignation was motivated by criticism of the nuclear agreement, which has come under increasingly intense fire in Iran since the United States abandoned it a year ago.Читайте также: Six Nations: Wales' Cory Hill ruled out of tournament with ankle injury
"Definitely, Zarif is in charge of foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and he has been always supported by top officials including the supreme leader", Soleimani reportedly said. "Zarif is gone, good riddance".
About 150 Iranian lawmakers, or a third of the chamber, signed a letter addressed to the president petitioning to keep Zarif in his role, state-run media reported. The president's praise was "a clear sign of the satisfaction of the representative of the people of Iran about the wise and effective positions and work of Dr Zarif", Vaezi wrote on Instagram.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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Earlier, a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guards said Zarif still enjoyed the support of Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.Код для вставки в блог