The international relations professor Davoud Hermidas Bavand said in an interview regarding Rouhani's proposal of Mohammadjavad Zarif as the minister of Foreign Affairs "Proposing Javad Zarif as the Minister of Foreign Affairs implies the chances of talks with the US and an exit from the impasse, even if there has been no intention.”
"Mr. Zarif is a knowledgeable person who has studied in the US. He is an insightful person, well acquainted with US diplomacy, who has headed the Iranian delegation to the UN. He would be invited to US circles in relation to the events that have occurred in Iran. He has reflected Iran’s positions in the US Congress. He is expert and suitable enough to adopt the position,” the international affairs analyst added.
"Zarif’s success in pursuing matters will depend on the amount of privilege he is given as a representative,” Bavand maintained.
He pointed out that both Rouhani and Zarif have had the experience of holding negotiations with three European foreign ministers, adding "Rouhani must have extensive authorizations, as a result of which his representatives, including Zarif, should also enjoy the privileges in order to be effective in furthering the country’s affairs.”