(Persia Digest) – An influential Iranian MP, Ali Motahari, has said that Parliament and the Foreign Ministry have not been informed of recent diplomatic visits to Tehran, including that of the Japanese Prime Minister.

In an interview with Asr-e Iran news website, Tehran’s representative in Parliament pointed to diplomatic visits taking place in Iran these days, saying: “These countries are worried about their own interests, including Japan.”

He reiterated: “Whether Japan wants to mediate, and if Sultan Qaboos is sending his envoy, the Iranian Parliament and FM are not informed. It is bad practice to leave the legal officials out. We don’t know what messages they have brought or what answers have been given, and this is not good.”


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Motahari stated that no reports are given to Parliament, adding: “When the Foreign Minister is kept in the dark, so are we. The information we have is that the Foreign Minister is not directly involved in these affairs and does not play a part, and this is not good. The Foreign Ministry is the official diplomatic apparatus of the country and must be involved.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that the Iranian FM was also kept in the dark about a visit by Syrian President, Bashar Asad, to Tehran earlier. This led to his resignation, which was not accepted by President Rouhani and Javad Zarif remained in his post.

Following Iran’s decision for a partial withdrawal from some of its obligations under the JCPOA nuclear deal, numerous diplomatic trips took place to Tehran. The most important of these is the arrival of Abe Shinzo in Tehran today for talks with Iranian authorities.

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