Iranian international minister apologizes for leaked feedback

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s international minister apologized Sunday for recorded feedback that have been leaked to the general public final week, making a firestorm in Iran lower than two months earlier than presidential elections.

The recordings of Mohammad Javad Zarif included frank feedback on highly effective late Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in 2020. The assault on the time introduced the U.S. and Iran to the brink of warfare. Soleimani’s funeral processions in Iran drew hundreds of thousands of individuals to the streets.

Within the recordings, Zarif criticizes Soleimani’s separate relations with Russia and for refusing to cease utilizing the nationwide service Iran Air for Syrian operations regardless of Zarif’s objections. Iran Air has been sanctioned by the U.S.

Zarif stated in an Instagram submit Sunday he hoped Soleimani’s household would forgive him. “I hope that the nice individuals of Iran and all of the lovers of Basic (Soleimani) and particularly the nice household of Soleimani, will forgive me,” he stated.

Zarif’s leaked feedback have been extremely controversial in Iran, the place officers thoughts their phrases amid a cut-throat political setting that features the highly effective Revolutionary Guard, in the end overseen by the nation’s supreme chief.

Moreover the criticism of Soleimani, a high commander within the Guard, Zarif’s leaked remarks included chopping references to the boundaries of his energy within the theocracy.

Zarif could be heard saying at numerous factors within the seven-hour tape that it was not meant for launch.

“If I had identified {that a} sentence of it might be made public, I definitely wouldn’t have talked about it as earlier than,” he stated in his Instagram submit.

Zarif has stated he won’t run for president within the upcoming election. Some had recommended him as a possible candidate to problem hard-liners within the vote.

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