Iran’s Outgoing FM to Head Nuclear Program
From Israel National News
By Elad Benari
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday appointed outgoing Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to head the Atomic Energy Organization, Reuters reported.
Analysts say that Salehi’s appointment is an attempt by Rouhani to signal to the West that he wants to improve Iran’s ties with the outside world and ease the international sanctions on the country over its nuclear program.
The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) is not directly involved in nuclear negotiations with world powers, but is in charge of operating Iran’s nuclear facilities.
He also represents Tehran at the annual member state gatherings of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna each September.
Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister under former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from 2011 until Thursday when parliament approved his replacement, returns to his previous job as head of the AEOI.
He takes the place of Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani.
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