Mottaki slams his dismissal
Iran's scked foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki has slammed his recent dismissal by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as "un-Islamic and offensive." "Sacking a minister while (he is) on a mission is un-Islamic, un-diplomatic, offensive and outside the practices of politics," Mottaki was quoted as saying by Mehr news agency on Sunday.
"I was never told about the appointment of a new person within 24 hours of my departure for the mission," Mottaki said, referring to a meeting with Ahmadinejad on the eve of his departure, Mehr reported.
Iran's atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi officially took charge on Saturday as the Islamic republic's interim foreign minister. "What is more ridiculous is that (I was not told about) the date for the farewell ceremony and the introduction" of Salehi, Mottaki stressed.