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Salehi Openly Defies Supreme Leader, Hails Ahmadinejad's 'Special Envoys'

05 Feb 2011 20:04Comments

IRNA | Press TV | Feb 5

30125315-787795.jpgIran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters today that the appointment of special envoys by the president helps advance the Foreign Ministry's objectives.

"The Foreign Ministry is completely aware about the dispatch of special presidential envoys... and there is no problem regarding this matter," Salehi said on Saturday.

In August 2010, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed special envoys for Middle East, Asia, Afghanistan and Caspian Sea affairs. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei tried to halt the practice, advising the Cabinet to refrain from conducting parallel tasks in various fields, including foreign policy.

In glaring defiance of Ayatollah Khamenei's edict, Salehi said that these measures are constitutional and complement the country's diplomatic apparatus, adding that describing such actions as parallel work in the Foreign Ministry is wrong.

See also | Salehi's Turn

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