Iran appoints envoy to Syria at last
Tehran, Iran, December 31
By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:
Iran has finally appointed its new ambassador to Syria, after a long time the country went with no envoy in the strategic, war-hit neighboring country.
Foreign Ministry’s choice Javad Turkabadi has been approved by President Hassan Rouhani, Mehr news agency reported December 31.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif had been under attack from the Parliament why he recalled his former envoy from Syria a while ago and why he delayed introducing a replacement.
Seven Iranian lawmakers on December 11 moved to question Zarif over what they called his relaxing policies on Syria over the past few months, focusing on why Zarif recalled Ambassador Mohammad Reza Rauf Sheybani from Syria.
In a written warning a week earlier, 10 MPs had criticized Zarif for him taking so long to name a fill-in for Sheybani, whose legal term in Syria had ended a while back.
Iran is the staunch supporter of the legal government in Syria, now headed by President Bashar Assad.
Tehran has condemned any terrorist move to change the future of Syria, in devastating conflict since 2011, instead calling for free, democratic elections where real Syrian individuals decide their fate.
Turkabadi served Iran as ambassador to Sudan from 2010 to 2014. He has also served as ambassador to Bahrain and Nigeria.