The new Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, made sweeping changes in the ministry, on Tuesday, September 14 (September 14), and appointed 3 new assistants.
The most significant change occurred in the position of political assistant to the State Department, in which Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, was removed and replaced by Ali Bagheri Kani, a vocal critic of the nuclear deal.
He also appointed Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Fateh Ali as assistant for financial management, and Mehdi Safari as assistant for economic diplomacy. These two persons replaced Ali Abu al-Hasani and Sayyid Rasul Muhajir, respectively.
Ali Bagheri Kani’s appointment comes as European members of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United States have called for a speedy resumption of nuclear talks with Iran in recent weeks. In a phone call, the day before yesterday, Monday, with his British counterpart Dominic Raab, Amir Abdollahian said: “We are conducting internal consultations on how to proceed with the Vienna talks.”
It is noteworthy that Ali Bagheri is the son of Muhammad Baqir Bagheri Kani.
One of his sons, Misbah al-Huda Bagheri Kani, is married to Hoda Khamenei, the daughter of the Iranian Supreme Leader. Misbah Al-Hadi and Ali Bagheri both studied at Imam Al-Sadiq University and had responsibilities there.
Ali Bagheri was appointed Assistant for International Affairs and Head of the Human Rights Commission in the Judiciary on December 29, 2019 by order of Ibrahim Raisi, then head of the Judiciary and current President of the Republic.
It is noteworthy that he had declared in October of last year that Iran was unable to “interact” with the West in the political sphere.
Ali Bagheri Kani described the West’s approach to human rights as “dealing according to their human rights problems and based on their own Western standards,” adding frankly in an interview with the television program “Ness Al-Hamesh”, that “human rights are among the contentious issues.”
It should be noted that Bagheri was also a staunch opponent of the nuclear deal. From 2007 to 2013, he was with Saeed Jalili in the Iranian nuclear team led by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The efforts of this team to move forward in the nuclear talks failed, and as a result, sanctions were tightened on Iran.
That nuclear team was quickly sacked under Hassan Rouhani’s government, and Mohammad Javad Zarif took charge of nuclear talks with world powers, which led to a nuclear deal in July 2015.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear activities, and in return, US and international sanctions against Tehran were lifted or reduced.
With the withdrawal of Donald Trump, the then US president, from the nuclear agreement, in May 2018, sanctions against Iran returned and were even tightened.
A year later, Tehran expanded its nuclear activities until, in March, it suspended the Additional Protocol on the work of International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to inspect Iran’s nuclear facilities.
It is noteworthy that the new changes in the Foreign Ministry, and the dismissal of the chief Iranian nuclear negotiator, increased the uncertainty about the continuation of the Vienna talks, which have been suspended since June 20, when the approach of the Ibrahim Raisi government has not yet been determined.
Source: Iran Intel