0348 GMT December 09, 2021
Iran’s outgoing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif bade farewell to diplomatic activities in a tweet on Tuesday:
“After four decades of diplomacy, I move on to full-time teaching and research.”
Zarif added, “I’ll continue to pursue and promote global understanding and encourage ‘positive-sum’ dialog—based on empathy, mutual respect and equal footing. Looking forward to continuing the exchange of views.”
A few days ago, he had posted a video on social media uttering his final remarks in his capacity as Iran’s foreign minister.
Zarif served two four-year terms at the helm of Iran’s diplomatic apparatus under former president Hassan Rouhani and led the country’s negotiating team in talks over the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has been proposed by Iran’s new President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi as Zarif’s successor.