Iran parliament approves new foreign minister, cabinet
29 August 2021 | 5:26 pm
Hossein Amirabdollahian will replace Javad Zarif as Iran's foreign minister. Zarif negotiated the Iran nuclear deal whereas Amirabdollahian is on an EU sanctions list for alleged human rights abuses.
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