(Persia Digest) – A former Iranian diplomat commented on the resignation of the Foreign Minister by saying: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is ruled by a single command and determination and this kind of resignation is an innovation. Zarif’s move has indicated his independence and also emphasized that your policies are wrong.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has suddenly submitted his resignation. The move coincided with an unexpected visit to Iran by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Zarif was absent from Assad’s separate meetings with Iran’s Supreme Leader and President. Is there a connection between the two events?
Former Iranian diplomat Fereydoun Majlessi told Persia Digest (PD): In terms of culture, Javad Zarif is a modern diplomat and expects that his independence as the foreign minister of a government which has come to power with public votes be respected. In recent years, Zarif has been faced with a kind of parallel war diplomacy or a parallel podium diplomacy which consistently fired on him.”
“A country cannot seek both war and peace simultaneously. Zarif is the representative of a peaceful diplomacy which supports prosperity and harmony. Those who are against him and failed to win votes in the presidential elections are supporters of an animosity and ideology which is against Zarif’s mission and his character,” Majlessi said.
The international affairs analyst added: “I expected him to resign some time ago and I think we should be prepared for the coming to power of warmongers. Zarif’s absence in Assad’s meetings with senior Iranian officials and the presence of military commanders instead is indicative of militant supremacy over peacefulness.”
Referring to reports in recent months by certain hardliner media on Zarif’s resignation, Majlessi said: “There is always some truth behind all these rumors, showing the backdrop for his tendency to resign, but it had been turned down.”
Asked whether Zarif’s resignation could lead to a change in Iran’s approach to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, Majlessi said: “The Iranian authorities are wise enough to stay in the JCPOA because withdrawing means instant military and non-military action against Iran. However, the importance of this form of resignation by Zarif lies in the structure of Iran. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ruled by a single command and determination and this kind of resignation is an innovation. Zarif’s move has indicated his independence and also emphasized that your policies are wrong.”
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