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The Iranian Foreign Minister's Resignation Reveals a Political Struggle in Tehran

Feb 27, 2019 | 15:12 GMT
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) gestures as he speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a meeting in Beijing on Feb. 19, 2019.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (L) gestures as he speaks with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, during a meeting in Beijing on Feb. 19, 2019. Zarif's attempts to quit have lifted the lid on political infighting behind the scenes in Tehran.

(HOW HWEE YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

Confusion reigned in Tehran following the surprise resignation of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif late Feb. 25. The decision, which he announced on Instagram, came a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visited Tehran, apparently without Zarif's knowledge. Zarif noted Feb. 26 he was quitting in protest, in part to "protect the integrity" of Iran's Foreign Ministry, which he added should "return to its rightful place" in foreign policy....

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