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