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Ahmadinejad nominates Salehi as FM

Iran Materials 23 January 2011 13:31
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter to Majlis, has nominated caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as the country's foreign minister, Press TV reported.
Ahmadinejad nominates Salehi as FM

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a letter to Majlis, has nominated caretaker Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as the country's foreign minister, Press TV reported.

Majlis (Iran's parliament) confirmed on Sunday that it has received the letter, IRNA reported.

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said that Majlis will review Salehi's records next week.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast had said on Saturday that Salehi is likely to be voted into office as foreign minister.

"Our understanding is that lawmakers as well as the Foreign Ministry staff have very positive views toward him (Salehi) being selected as the foreign minister," Ramin Mehmanparast told IRNA.

Since Salehi took over as the caretaker foreign minister, said the spokesman, he has shown that he has enough experience in foreign policy.

In mid-December, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and appointed head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, as the acting foreign minister.

Salehi was officially inaugurated as Iran's caretaker foreign minister in a ceremony on December 18, 2010.

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