“Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologies for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service. Be happy and worthy”, he wrote on his Instagram page “jzarif_ir”.
He gave no specific reasons for his decision. A foreign ministry spokesman and spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, Alireza Miryousefi, confirmed the announcement of the resignation.
no immediate word, however, on whether Rouhani would accept it.
Born in 1960, Zarif lived in the United States from the age of 17 as a student in San Francisco and Denver, and subsequently as a diplomat to the United Nations in New York, where he served as Iranian ambassador from 2002-07.
He was appointed the minister of foreign affairs in August 2013 after Rouhani won the presidency in a landslide on a promise to open up Iran to the outside world.