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Iran's Zarif resigned 'over Assad trip to Tehran'

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Iran's Zarif resigned 'over Assad trip to Tehran'

Iran's Zarif resigned 'over Assad trip to Tehran'

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was not informed about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s trip to Tehran last week and that was a reason why he submitted his resignation, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported on Tuesday.

Saskia O'Donoghue reports

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Iran's Zarif resigned 'over Assad trip to Tehran'

The Iranian foreign minister reportedly resigned after not being informed about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's trip to Tehran last week.

Local press say that that's a reason why he submitted his resignation, citing foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi as the source.

Mohammad Javad Zarif 's resignation was rejected by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last Wednesday (February 27).

The move bolstered moderate Zarif, who has long been targeted by hardliners in factional struggles over the 2015 nuclear deal with the West.

He's said to have resigned over a lack of coordination within his ministry of foreign affairs.

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force, which is responsible for operations outside Iran's borders, was present at a meeting last week between the Syrian president and and Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Soleimani said last week that Zarif was the main person in charge of foreign policy - and that he was supported by Khamenei.




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