Iran parliament discusses Raisi's proposed cabinet

Iran's parliament has opened deliberations on President Ebrahim Raisi's proposed cabinet, which includes a foreign minister nominee known for his hardline stance toward the United States.

The discussions on the 19-member lineup began on Saturday with Raisi in attendance.

Raisi, who assumed office earlier this month, said his cabinet will aim to enhance people's lives and establish international relations based on national interests.

Raisi named former Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as foreign minister.

Amir-Abdollahian has been a diplomat in charge of foreign affairs concerning the Middle East. He is also reported to have good ties with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Raisi said Amir-Abdollahian is trustworthy in the field of foreign affairs as he has knowledge and experience.

With the Iranian government led by the anti-US conservative hardline president, indirect talks between Tehran and Washington that began in April to salvage the 2015 nuclear agreement may become even tougher.

The administration of former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the deal and resumed sanctions against Iran in 2018.

The parliament will hold several more days of discussions on the nominations before voting to approve or disapprove them.