Iran foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif ‘sorry’ for leaked comments about General Soleimani

Iran’s foreign minister has apologised for recorded disparaging comments he made about a senior general that were leaked.

The recordings of Mohammad Javad Zarif included frank comments on powerful Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a US drone strike in 2020.

The attack at the time brought the US and Iran to the brink of war and General Soleimani’s funeral procession drew millions of people to the streets.

In the recordings, Mr Zarif criticised General Soleimani’s separate relations with Russia and for refusing to stop using the national carrier Iran Air for Syrian operations despite his objections. Iran Air has been sanctioned by the US.

The comments have caused anger in Iran less than two months before presidential elections.

Mr Zarif said in an Instagram post on Sunday he hoped General Soleimani’s family would forgive him.

“I hope that the great people of Iran and all the lovers of General (Soleimani) and especially the great family of Soleimani, will forgive me,” he said.

Mr Zarif’s leaked comments were highly controversial in Iran, where officials mind their words amid a cut-throat political environment that includes the powerful Revolutionary Guard, ultimately overseen by the country’s supreme leader.

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