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Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinet
August 20, 2017 / 8:47 AM / 3 months ago

Iran parliament clears oil, foreign ministers for Rouhani's new cabinet

BEIRUT, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The Iranian parliament voted on Sunday to keep the oil and foreign ministers, two of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani’s key members of cabinet, in their posts.

Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has been credited with the boost in Iran’s crude output since many global sanctions were lifted last year and with a multi-billion-dollar deal with France’s Total to develop South Pars, the world’s largest gas field.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was Iran’s lead negotiator in the landmark 2015 agreement in which Western powers agreed to rescind sanctions on the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its disputed nuclear programme.

Reporting by Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by Mark Heinrich

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