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Rouhani Voices Support For Zarif As Parliament Committee Voices Concern


Iranian President Hassan Rohani, left, and his Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pose for a photograph after Zarif was awarded a "Medal of Merit" in a ceremony in Tehran, February 8, 2016
GENEVA, Feb 26 (Reuters) -

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stands behind Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who resigned on Monday night, Rouhani's chief of staff said on Tuesday, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Rouhani has not officially accepted Zarif's resignation, which he announced in an Instagram post.

"The words of the president today in praising his foreign minister are a clear sign of the satisfaction of the representative of the people of Iran about the wise and effective positions and work of Dr. Zarif and a tough response to some biased and incorrect analyses," Mahmoud Vaezi wrote in an Instagram post that included a picture of Rouhani and Zarif together.

"In the view of Dr. Rouhani, the Islamic Republic of Iran has only one foreign policy and one foreign minister."

In another development, Iran's parliament will look into the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a meeting on Tuesday, the assembly's news website ICANA reported.

"With attention to the internal and international situation, sanctions and the pressure from America, I emphasize that more than any other time we need internal unity and solidarity," said Ali Najafi Khoshroodi, spokesman for parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission which will hold the meeting.

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