Majlis committee urges Ahmadinejad to remove special envoys

TEHRAN/TABRIZ, Sept. 12 (MNA) – In a letter to President Ahmadinejad, the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has called for the annulment of the posts of special presidential envoys, MP Esmaeil Kosari announced on Sunday.

President Ahmadinejad has appointed Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, Hamid Baghaei, Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, and Abolfazl Zohrevand as his special envoys in the Middle East, Asia, Caspian Sea, and Afghanistan respectively, a move which drew widespread criticism.

Given the country’s critical condition, there is no need to appoint such envoys in foreign policy areas, the letter reads.

Besides, the foreign policy is being pursued based on the Islamic Republic’s macro policies in a harmonious way, it added.

The letter has nothing to do with the appointment of Rahim Mashaei - the presidential chief of staff in which principlists are very sensitive toward him because of his controversial remarks -, said Kosari, a member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee.

The MP added the president has not replied to the letter yet.

‘Special envoys would undermine foreign minister’s authority’

Also, MP Ghaffar Ismaeli told the Mehr News Agency in Tabriz that the appointment of special envoys would undermine the authority of the foreign minister and ambassadors.

Ismaeli, a member of the Majlis Planning and Budget Committee, also noted disregard for “diplomatic formalities has dealt a heavy blow to the country’s diplomatic system.”

For instance, he said the recent remarks made by one of the special envoys have created tension in the relations between Iran and Turkey, an indirect reference to Baghaei’s remarks about historical disputes between Turkey and Armenia.


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