Updated in: 25 October 2020 - 14:08
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TEHRAN (defapress) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif released a message after President Hassan Rouhani turned down his resignation, expressing hope that the Foreign Ministry would keep fulfilling its duties in accordance with the Constitution.
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Publish Date: 27February 2019 - 12:21

Iran’s Zarif Releases Message after Rejection of ResignationIn the message, posted on his Instagram account on Wednesday, Zarif expressed gratitude to the Iranian people, intelligentsia and officials for lending full support to him over the past 24 hours after the announcement of his resignation.

Zarif said his main concern during his professional career has been serving the country, elevating its foreign policy and enhancing the credibility of the Foreign Ministry, which he said is in charge of advancing the country’s foreign policy and is at the forefront of protecting the national interests in the international arena.

He expressed hope that the Foreign Ministry could vigorously fulfill its duties in accordance with the Constitution and within the framework of the country’s regulation and major policies with mutual cooperation and rapport and under the expert guidance of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

On Monday night, Zarif had announced his resignation from the cabinet in a post on his Instagram account.

“Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologize for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service. Be happy and worthy,” Zarif had written.

But on Wednesday morning, Rouhani turned down his resignation, saying that accepting it would be against the country’s interests.

In his letter, Rouhani said he acknowledges Zarif’s emphasis on respecting the dignity and position of the Foreign Ministry.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in charge of foreign relations and prepares the ground for materialization of national security and interests. Therefore, as I have ordered several times, all organizations, including the administrative or governmental ones, must be in full coordination with this ministry in the foreign relations sphere,” the president stressed.

He also praised Zarif for his unwavering efforts at the Foreign Ministry and pointed to Ayatollah Khamenei’s description of Zarif as “trustworthy, gallant, courageous and pious”, saying the foreign minister is at the forefront of standing against US pressures.

“I deem the acceptance of your resignation against the country’s interests and do not accept it,” Rouhani added.

The president said he is aware of the pressures on the country’s diplomatic body, on the administration and even on himself, stressing that the administration will stand firm and weather the tough stages.

Rouhani also highlighted the Foreign Ministry’s success to foil the US plots at anti-Iran gatherings in New York, Vienna, Brussels, The Hague, Warsaw and Munich in recent months, describing them as “remarkable political victories” for Iran at the regional and international levels.

The president further described the obvious jubilation of archenemies of Iran, including the Zionist regime, after Zarif’s resignation as a clue to the foreign minister’s success and the main reason that he should remain in his post.

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