Iranian atomic chief Salehi takes over as new FM

December 18, 2010 10:36

Iranian atomic agency chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Saturday officially took over the position of the Islamic republic's new foreign minister after his predecessor, Manouchehr Mottaki, was fired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, AFP reported citing Iranian media reports.

Reports said that Salehi will serve as the interim foreign minister until the Iranian parliament officially endorses his appointment.

Salehi, who will also remain in his post as head of Iran's atomic energy body, was officially sworn in as foreign minister at a ceremony which was also the farewell event for Mottaki who was not in attendance, media reports said according to AFP.Mottaki, 57, was fired last week by the Iranian president during an official visit to Senegal.

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