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Iranian foreign minister tried to resign over Ahmadinejad foreign policy

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The excellent foreign policy blog Enduring America can report, from reliable sources, that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki tried to resign last month over President Ahmadinejad’s appointment of four special envoys, including his Chief of Staff Esfandiar Rahim-Mashai, for international affairs.

Mottaki offered his resignation in a private letter, but the Supreme Leader intervened by sending a member of his office to talk with the Foreign Minister. Mottaki set out his complaint with the question, “What is my role?”, given the apparent takeover of Iran’s diplomacy by the Presidency.

The Foreign Minister also noted that the initiative had already caused one embarrassment for Tehran, when Hamid Baghaei, the special envoy for Asia, spoke about the “genocide” of Armenians by Turkey. Mottaki, who had to apologise to his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu, said, “We have to answer for these mistakes, and we have to repair them.”

Through his office, Ayatollah Khamenei assured Mottaki that he would take action. Days later, he slapped down the President, privately telling him that his action was counter-productive because it was not an organised plan and publicly — after a meeting with Ahmadinejad and the Cabinet — criticising “parallel action” in Government.

With Khamenei intervening, Mottaki not only withdrew his resignation but publicly maintained support for Ahmadinejad and the special envoys, fending off questions in Parliament.

(It should be noted, however, that despite the Supreme Leader’s apparent rebuke, the President has not pulled back the appointment of the special envoys. This raised questions as to whether Ahmadinejad has indeed been curbed or has merely accepted a temporary public criticism while maintaining his line.)

Yesterday there were further developments pointing to the rift between President and Foreign Minister. Mottaki has said that foreign policy is not a place for crude remarks and that this rule applies to prominent members of the Government. The Foreign Minister also referred to Khamenei’s criticism of “parallel action”.

Later “an informed official at the Foreign Ministry” said Mottaki’s remarks on Israel-Palestine negotiations had been distorted by some Iranian media. It was essential, the official said, that Iran’s foreign policy not be compromised by careless mistakes in information.

The official’s words were in reference to Sunday’s bitter exchange between Tehran and the Palestinian Authority, following President Ahmadinejad’s denunciation of the Israel-Palestine talks in his Qods Day speech. The implication was that Mottaki did not agree with the public criticism of Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas.

Tabnak has a lengthy article denouncing the special envoys while noting that the possibility of new Presidential representatives for Africa and Latin America has been raised.

In contrast, the Islamic Republic News Agency features the praise of some MPs for Ahmadinejad’s personal diplomacy on his visit this week to Qatar.

source: Enduring America

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