Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has announced the start of structural changes “to make the foreign ministry more agile and give more importance to economic diplomacy.”
Based on these changes, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi and Iran’s ambassador to India Gholam-Reza Ansari will probably be appointed as deputy ministers for political affairs and economic affairs, respectively.
Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, the former Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, will also be appointed as the deputy minister for legal affairs.
The ministry plans to demote the foreign minister’s field deputies – including Deputy for European and American Affairs, Deputy for Arab and African Affairs, and Deputy for Asia and Pacific Affairs – to Director-Generals.
All of these directors-general will be linked to the minister via the “Political Deputy”, and the affairs will be followed up through this deputy. This change is being sought for what is called the “Agility in Foreign Affairs Ministry”.