Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced his resignation. In a statement, he extended gratitude for the generosity of the people of Iran and apologized for his inability to continue serving.
Announcing his resignation on Instagram he said”I am apologising you for all the shortcomings … in the past years during my time as foreign minister … I thank the Iranian nation and officials”.
There was no immediate reason giving for the resignation, which can only take effect if President Hassan Rouhani accepts it. Zarif was appointed minister of foreign affairs in August 2013. During his tenure as foreign minister, he led the Iranian negotiation with P5+1 countries which produced the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on 14 July 2015, lifting the economic sanctions against Iran on 16 January 2016. On 25 February 2019, Zarif resigned from his post as foreign minister. His resignation must be accepted by President Rouhani.
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16 November, 2019