Significant Shift of Leadership of Negotiations to Rouhani Team
Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency today confirmed earlier reports that Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s new foreign minister, will become the country’s chief nuclear negotiator. In the past, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council had acted as the chief negotiator.
The shift from the council to the foreign ministry is significant and shows Rouhani’s vastly expanded control over future negotiations with the West.
Meanwhile, Zarif called EU chief negotiator Catherine Ashton yesterday. Ashton later expressed hope that substantial negotiations between Iran and P5+1 would start soon. (Mehr News Agency, 18 August)
File photo: Iran’s Foreign Minister and Chief Nuclear Negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif (IRNA)