Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation (center), arrives for former Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki's official farewell ceremony in Tehran, 18 Dec 2010
Iranian state television reports Ali Akbar Salehi was inaugurated Saturday at a ceremony at the foreign ministry. The man he replaced, Manouchehr Mottaki, was not present.
Ali Akbar Salehi
Mottaki served as foreign minister from 2005 until his sudden
dismissal on Monday. President Ahmadinejad gave no explanation for the firing,
though many experts have speculated it was due to political differences.
Salehi has also served as Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency. He takes over as Iran prepares for nuclear talks in January with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany, a group known as the P5+1.
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