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Foreign Ministry Restructured to Boost Efficiency

Foreign Ministry Restructured to Boost EfficiencyForeign Ministry Restructured to Boost Efficiency

The recent restructuring of the Foreign Ministry was aimed at streamlining bureaucracy to facilitate prompt response to international developments, spokesperson Bahram Qasemi said.  "Promoting a smooth functioning and reducing the management tiers were among the main goals of restructuring the Foreign Ministry," Qasemi was quoted by IRNA as saying on Monday. "This major change in structure is meant to align Foreign Ministry's function with new global developments," he added. In line with the reforms, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appointed his new deputies and other top officials of the diplomatic apparatus in separate decrees last week. Under some of the decrees, which came into force on Jan 21, Morteza Sarmadi was reappointed as Zarif's first deputy, former deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs Abbas Araqchi assumed the new position of deputy for political affairs and former envoy to the United Nations Gholam Hossein Dehqani replaced Araqchi to handle legal and international affairs.

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