Tehran - The office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani early Tuesday confirmed the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif but said that the president would not accept it.
Zarif had carried out his work courageously and would continue to do so, the president's office said on its Instagram page.
"Zarif will not be alone and we [the government] will all support him," the post added.
Zarif unexpectedly announced that he would be stepping down from the post via an Instagram post late Monday.
Local observers expressed surprise at the timing of the announcement, shortly before midnight, and predicted that Rouhani would reject it.