Foreign Ministry Denies EA Story of Attempted Mottaki Resignation
Enduring America / Scott Lucas

UPDATE 1410 GMT: President Ahmadinejad has said, “Mr. Mottaki will continue his work…and he attended the cabinet meeting today.”

UPDATE 8 September: Has the Iranian Foreign Ministry become a dedicated EA reader?

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has told Islamic Republic News Agency that rumours of Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki’s resignation are “hollow and baseless”: “Certain news sources which were mainly working to satisfy the whims of the enemies of regional countries are only focusing on ways of sowing discord among Islamic states with an objective of weakening them in face of the threats being posed by the Zionist regime.”

Mehmanparast said these sources “were dreaming of creating differences among the officials and authorities in Iran” but advised them to stop this “immoral behaviour”.

UPDATE 2015 GMT: More criticism from Mottaki, this time of Ahmadinejad’s special envoy for Asia, Hamid Baghaei, who is also the head of the Iran Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization.

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