Iran's president rejects resignation of his foreign minister

Iran's president rejects resignation of his foreign minister

"As the Supreme Leader has described you a "trustworthy, fearless and religious" person in the forefront of resistance against widespread USA pressures, I consider accepting your resignation against national interests and reject it", Rouhani said in a letter published on state news agency IRNA.

Zarif responded the same way he offered his shock resignation: via Instagram.

In a letter on Tuesday, the parliamentarians have asked the president to encourage Zarif to remain in his post.

The resignation coincided with a visit from Syria's President Bashar Al Assad to Tehran, where he met with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as well as Rouhani.

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"Mr. Zarif should be responsible for the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran and during his tenure in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country, he has always been supported and approved by senior officials of the Establishment, especially the Leader", Major General Soleimani stated. Many hardliners took issue with the deal to begin with because it forced Iran to compromise its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. Iranian presidents typically see their popularity erode during their second four-year term, but analysts say Rouhani is particularly vulnerable because of the economic crisis assailing the rial, which has hurt ordinary Iranians and emboldened critics to openly call for his ouster. Zarif had faced withering criticism at home after he shook hands with President Barack Obama. "Zarif is gone, good riddance".

Divisions have also been apparent on other matters such as the future of the nuclear program abandoned by the U.S. Rouhani's government has said the country needs to abide by the accord despite U.S. sanctions.

Rouhani cited that Israeli response in his support of Zarif.

"As a modest servant, I have had no concern other than elevating [our] foreign policy and the credibility of the Foreign Ministry as the person in charge of advancing foreign policy and protecting national interests and people's rights in the global arena", Zarif wrote, according to Press TV.