Tuesday, 26 February 2019
source: shiitenews

Mohammad Javad Zarif has unexpectedly announced his resignation as Iran’s Foreign Minister in an Instagram post but President Rouhani has not yet accepted his request to quit.
In his post he wrote: “I am grateful for magnanimity of the dear and courageous people of Iran and the respectable authorities’ over the past 67 months.” “I sincerely apologise for inability to continue [my] service and all the shortcomings and flaws during [my] tenure,” it added. “May you be happy and proud.”
Spokesman at Iranian Foreign Ministry Seyyed Abbas Mousavi confirmed resignation but Chief of Staff of the Iranian president, Mahmoud Vaezi, “vehemently” denied reports that Rouhani has accepted the resignation.
The 59-year-old diplomat started serving as the Islamic Republic’s top foreign minister after Rouhani took office in 2013. He was reinstated in the post when the chief executive won a second term.
The foreign minister’s discourse has notably featured rejection of Iranophobia and strong promotion of international interaction. Zarif played an instrumental role in the negotiations leading to the conclusion of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers in 2015. He famously took the stage alongside the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to announce the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Brussels in February that year.

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