Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on April 26.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Iraq’s capital Baghdad on April 26, 2021. – Iran’s foreign ministry downplayed on April 26, 2021 a leaked audiotape of Zarif in which he said the military played too strong a role in diplomacy, saying it reflected his personal opinions. The statement came after Zarif’s comments were reported by media sites online, as well as the New York Times, with conservatives in the Islamic republic criticising him for the comments he made on the role of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, killed in a US drone strike near the airport of the Iraqi capital Baghdad in January last year. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP via Getty Images)