Ahmad Bakhshayesh Ardestani, Member of the Majlis Committee for National Security and Foreign Policy, in an interview with Mosalas Online stated that the new Foreign Minister Mohammadjavad Zarif is an intelligent, able person, adding "Since the president feels that he must remove economic problems, which stem from the sanctions, he prefers that Mr. Zarif takes on the responsibility.”
"It is natural for every president that rises to power to bring his staff. Mr. Dr. Rouhani has faith in Mr. Zarif,” he maintained.
Ardestani deemed it quite OK if the nuclear case is assigned to the Foreign Ministry, adding "What is important in the nuclear case is that the Leader’s ideas are provided for. Therefore the Ministry of Foreign Affairs can do the Supreme Security Council’s task and that wont create any special problem.”
"Taking the nuclear case from the Supreme Council of National Security to the Foreign Ministry is feasible, but the Supreme Leader, Mr. Rouhani, and the Foreign Ministry must give attention and thought to the issue and see if they deem it expedient or not. But as I said, it is quite possible,” he asserted.
He further pointed out "Our foreign policy principles are fixed. The discourses that are used in this sphere are sometimes intelligent diplomacy, sometimes general diplomacy, correspondence, or sports diplomacy which are actually methods. Due to his experience in the Foreign Ministry and having been Iran’s representative in the United Nations and acquainted with diplomacy, Mr. Zarif can express himself easily.”
Ardestani added "If the Foreign Ministry prioritizes détente, construction interaction, and regional cooperation, and try for example to have diplomatically reasonable relations with regional countries and help the Islamic awakening and support the member of the resistance from spiritually and physically, they will have acted successfully.”
He demanded Zarif to focus on the sanctions, hoping that what he mentioned as necessary to be done would come effective.