In answer to the resignation letter tendered by Javad Zarif, Iran’s President has answered: “In the words of the Supreme Leader, you are “trustworthy, brave, courageous, and devoted”, standing at the forefront of all-encompassing pressures applied by the US. I deem your resignation against our national interests and, thus, do not accept it.”
An analyst of international affairs in Iran believes: “Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran to thank Iran for its supportive role in the 8-year Syrian crisis and underline its presence in the Syrian reconstruction.”
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.”
Evidence suggests that the real reason for the resignation of Iran’s Foreign Minister was not being invited to the meetings with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his visit with authorities in Tehran.
Former Iranian Ambassador to China believes: “Iran’s present government has shown that it does not take ties with China seriously, even under the current critical conditions. Larijani’s speech in Renmin University was a reflection of Tehran’s uncertain foreign policy towards Beijing.”
Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, Head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, has responded to the news of the US illicit sale of nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia by tweeting: “Israel will be eliminated by Saudi nukes. The fate of the Saudi crown is unpredictable, the same as nuke weapons.”
An Iranian expert of international affairs believes: “The main challenges of Iran’s foreign policy in the next Iranian calendar year has more domestic than international roots, particularly in economic issues and increasing poverty.”
Christie’s has been auctioning works for some Iranian artists for a number of years now. This year, on its 25th anniversary in Dubai, Christie’s will be holding an auction titled "Modern and Contemporary Art in the Middle East" on 23 March 2019 in which twelve Iranian artists will be participating with eighteen works.
The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military better access to the Gulf region and reduce the need to send ships through the Strait of Hormuz, a maritime choke point off Iran.
A sociologist in Iran believes: “State domination on the public sphere and preventing interactions between individuals has deprived Iranian society of public rejoicing. With emphasis by government on the sad side of religion, the opportunity to strengthen the collective spirit through religion has also been eliminated.”