0417 GMT December 01, 2022
New Iranian deputy foreign ministers were inducted in a ceremony on Sunday.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian appointed Ali Baqeri, Mohammad Fathali and Mehdi Safari as his deputies for political, financial and administrative and economic diplomacy affairs, respectively, IRNA reported.
The new deputies succeed Abbas Araqchi, Ali Abolhassani and Rasoul Mohajer, respectively, who were present at the function, which served as their farewell ceremony.
Amir-Abdollahian took the helm of the country’s diplomatic apparatus in August after securing the Parliament’s vote of confidence, succeeding Mohammad Javad Zarif who had served in the position for two successive four-year terms under former president Hassan Rouhani.
Since being sworn in as the eighth Iranian president, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi has stressed that the main priority in his administration’s foreign policy is maintaining close and friendly relations with the regional and neighboring countries.
Reiterating the same point in late August, Amir-Abdollahian tweeted that his main foreign policy priority is improving ties with the neighboring as well as Asian countries.
The Iranian foreign minister also underlined that he is intent on pursuing a balanced, dynamic and smart foreign policy based on the principles of mutual respect, wisdom and expediency.