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Manouchehr Mottaki replaced with Ali Akbar Salehi

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on December 13, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has fired Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and temporarily replaced him with atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi, the official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

It gave no reasons for the surprise move, which comes as Iran is engaged in talks with world powers over its sensitive nuclear programme.

“I thank you and appreciate the work and the services you have rendered during your tenure in the foreign ministry,” Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying in a directive carried by IRNA.

“I hope your efforts receive praise by God and you will be successful in the rest of your life at the service of people of our Islamic nation,” he added.

Mottaki, a career diplomat, was appointed to the post of foreign minister in August 2005. He is currently in Senegal on an official visit.

A fluent speaker of English who is also comfortable in Urdu and Turkish, Mottaki earned a degree in social sciences from the University of Bangalore in India and a graduate degree in international relations from Tehran University in 1991.

IRNA also said that Ahmadinejad in a separate directive appointed Iran’s Salehi as the “caretaker of the foreign ministry.”

“Due to your commitment, knowledge and valued expertise … you are appointed as caretaker of the foreign ministry,” the directive read.

Salehi is one of Iran’s vice-presidents, Iran’s former IAEA chief and head of its atomic energy organization.

We believe Salehi appointing shows how close Iran is to Atomic Weapons. That’s a grave danger.  Ahmadinejad made Mottaki very angry when He shouted at Mottaki in the latest New York trip in front of public and abused him verbally.

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