The Iranian Foreign Minister apologized for his resignation
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has announced his resignation. He has been head of the country's foreign affairs agency since 2013.
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In congratulating his mother's fellow-countrymen on Instagram, at the end of the message, Javad Zarif, foreign minister of the Islamic Republic, wrote that he was grateful to the Iranian people for the last 67 months of support.
"I sincerely apologize for not being ready to continue working as a minister for foreign affairs, forgive all the shortcomings during my service," wrote Zarif.
The resignation of the Iranian Foreign Minister was confirmed by Deputy Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi, according to the IRNA agency.
Former permanent representative of Iran at the UN, Zarif was head of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013, when Hassan Rouhani became president of the country. In the government of the country, he was considered a supporter of establishing relations with the United States. It was Zarif who signed "the nuclear agreement" in 2015, which, under Barack Obama, allowed the removal of sanctions from the Islamic Republic.
However, after President Donald Trump decided to break the Iranian agreement and resume the sanctions regime, Zarif was often criticized at home for his desire to negotiate with the West.