Iranian Foreign Ministry: Zarif's resignation was not private issue

Iranian Foreign Ministry: Zarif's resignation was not private issue

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was not informed about Syrian President Bashar Assad's trip to Tehran last week and that was a reason why he submitted his resignation, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

"The ministry of foreign affairs did not have information at any level (about the trip) and this lack of information was maintained until the end of the trip," ISNA cited Qassemi as saying.

"One of the reasons for the resignation of Dr. Zarif was this type of lack of coordination with the ministry of foreign affairs," he said. "And as it has been announced before, the resignation of the honourable minister was not a private and individual issue and the goal and intent of that was a positive effort to return the ministry of foreign affairs and the diplomatic system of the country to its main place," the spokesman added.

Iranian President Hassan Rohani rejected Zarif's resignation last week.

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