February 26, 2019 / 7:17 AM / 9 months ago

Iran foreign minister urges diplomats not to quit after he resigns - IRNA

FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference in Baghdad, Iraq January 13, 2019. REUTERS/Khalid Al-Mousily/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday urged diplomats and other employees at the foreign ministry not to quit, a day after he announced his resignation, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

“I emphasise to all dear brothers and sisters in the foreign ministry and representative offices to continue their duties in defence of the country with strength and to avoid such actions,” Zarif said in reaction to news that ministry employees may be quitting after his resignation, IRNA reported.

“It has been an honour to work beside you. And I hope that my resignation will lead to a return of the ministry of foreign affairs to it’s legal place in foreign relations. I thank you all,” Zarif said.

President Hassan Rouhani has not formally accepted the resignation which Zarif announced on Monday on Instagram.

Reporting By Babak Dehghanpisheh; editing by Darren Schuettler

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