(Persia Digest) – In an announcement by the Head of the Presidential Office, Mahmoud Vaezi rejected the news of Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's resignation being accepted despite news of acceptance by certain media.
Late on Monday, Zarif posted on Instagram that he had resigned from his post.
Deputy spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, Seyed Abbas Mousavi, confirmed Zarif’s resignation.
In his resignation message, Iran’s top diplomat thanked the Iranian nation and authorities for the “past 67 months” and apologized for “all the shortcomings during his tenure and not being able to continue”
The news of Zarif's resignation has met with wide reactions inside and outside Iran.
Iran's Minister of Communications and Information Technology, who is facing charges by the Attorney General of the country, tweeted to Zarif: "Don't give up brother. Stand up dear Javad! The nation is worried."
Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament, Heshmat Falahatpisheh has said that Zarif is the best designation to run the country's foreign policy under the circumstances and there are no reasons for him to resign. He expressed hope that Zarif will continue to remain in his post as Foreign Minister.
US Secretary Mike Pompeo also reacted to the resignation of his Iranian counterpart by tweeting: "We note @JZarif’s resignation. We’ll see if it sticks. Either way, he and @HassanRouhani are just front men for a corrupt religious mafia. We know @khamenei_ir makes all final decisions. Our policy is unchanged—the regime must behave like a normal country and respect its people."
The Secretary of the Government Information Council, Alireza Moezzi, also reacted to Zarif’s resignation by tweeting: “Trump, Ben Salman, and Netanyahu’s song and dance will not last; tomorrow’s rising sun is the sunset of their happiness. Without a doubt, Rouhani will not allow them to welcome their dreams for Iran.”
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