Iran names acting foreign minister as top diplomat

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has presented the acting foreign minister to parliament to be approved as the new top envoy for the nation.

Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 16:59 PM IST

Tehran: Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad has presented the acting foreign minister to
parliament to be approved as the new top envoy for the nation.

Ali Larijani, the parliament speaker, said in today`s
parliament session that Ali Akbar Salehi had been put forward
by the government as the new foreign minister.

The parliament will discuses the nominee in late
January, added the speaker. Under the law any minister needs
approval by the parliament.

Salehi is also head of Iran`s nuclear department.
Earlier in December, Ahmadinejad fired Manouchehr
Mottaki, his long-time minister and appointed Salehi as
caretaker of the ministry. Dismissal of Mottaki prompted
outcry among lawmakers.

PTI