Sacked Iran FM unaware he was to be fired

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 19, 2010 12:04

TEHERAN — Iran's recently-fired foreign minister told a local news agency Sunday that he had not been aware of plans to remove him from his post when he left on a mission to west Africa last week.

Manouchehr Mottaki told Mehr news agency, in a report issued Sunday, that he was "never informed" about the dismissal while on his trip.

Mottaki called the dismissal during the mission "un-diplomatic and offensive."

On Saturday Mohammad Reza Rahimi, one of Iran's dozen vice presidents, said during the farewell ceremony that Mottaki knew he was going to be replaced ahead of his Africa trip.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's nuclear department, became the acting foreign minister on Saturday.


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