The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force called on Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to withdraw his resignation and said he is enjoying Leader of the Islamic Revolution Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s support and approval.
In remarks released on Wednesday, Major General Qassem Suleimani pointed to reasons behind Zarif’s recent move to announce his resignation and said in the recent trip of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Tehran and his meeting with President Hasan Rouhani, “some lack of coordination” by the presidential office has led to Zarif’s absence from the meeting, which was followed by the minister’s complaint.
“Evidence shows that there was no purpose behind Mr. Zarif’s absence at this meeting, and I should emphasize that he is the main person in charge of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy as the Foreign Minister,” the commander stressed.
“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 Suleimani stated, according to Tasnim news agency.
His comments came after Zarif announced his resignation from the cabinet in a post on his Instagram account on Monday night.
Source: Iranian media