Published: Thu, February 28, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iran president rejects Mohammed Zarif's resignation

Iran president rejects Mohammed Zarif's resignation

"The happiness and rejoicing of the real enemies of the people such as the Zionist regime over your resignation is the best indication of success of Mohammad Javad Zarif and the biggest reason for continuation of your activity in the post of foreign minister", Rouhani said.

He said he therefore could not accept the resignation as it would not be in the national interest.

In his Instagram post, Zarif offered a vague "apology" for his "inability to continue" his service.

"As a modest servant, I have never had any concern but elevating the foreign policy and the status of the foreign ministry", he said in the post.

Mr Zarif was later seen on television signing two agreements with Armenia as he appeared to be carrying on his duties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who led his country's nuclear negotiations with world powers, signaled that his surprise decision to resign was because he was undermined in his role.

Soleimani, who was present at both meetings, said Zarif's absence was the result of a bureaucratic mistake.

President Hassan Rouhani has expressed his support for Zarif but has so far not officially rejected his resignation.

In another show of confidence, senior Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani said Zarif was the main person in charge of Iranian foreign policy and he was supported by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Zarif's resignation and public comments highlight the struggle of moderate Iranian politicians to engage with the West in the face of hardline opposition at home and aggressive USA policies. "Be happy and worthy", Zarif wrote on his Instagram page.

His announcement was met with consternation by many in Tehran on Tuesday morning.

The Iranian president's chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, on Tuesday rejected media reports that the president has accepted Zarif's resignation.

The pressure has only intensified since US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in May previous year and reimposed crippling US sanctions.

Zarif is a key ally of Rouhani and has also enjoyed good relations with the European Union.

The president has faced calls to resign in recent months and parliament has hauled him before MPs to be quizzed on his administration's policies.

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