Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, right, listens to his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prior to a meeting in Tehran. Photo: AP photo

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani rejects resignation of his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, says departure would be ‘against national interests’

  • Zarif had announced his resignation on Instagram on Monday, without giving a specific reason
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Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, right, listens to his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif prior to a meeting in Tehran. Photo: AP photo
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, seen in a 2015 file photo, was greeted by cheering crowds after breakthroughs in US-Iran nuclear talks in 2013. But the agreement that resulted was scrapped by US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, key figure in scrapped nuclear pact, resigns via Instagram as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad arrives to meet Ayatollah Khamenei

  • The resignation of Mohammad Javad Zarif, a key moderate, could be linked to Bashar al-Assad’s visit to Iran
  • Zarif gave no reason for his resignation, but tensions between conservative hardliners and President Hassan Rowhani’s government have been rising
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, seen in a 2015 file photo, was greeted by cheering crowds after breakthroughs in US-Iran nuclear talks in 2013. But the agreement that resulted was scrapped by US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP
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