Jose Serra, Brazil’s foreign minister, has resigned from his post to attend to health-related issues.
Serra, in a letter to Brazil President Michel Temer, said he needed to take care of his health and prepare for upcoming medical treatments, CNN reports.
The foreign minister expressed sadness over his decision to step down but noted that his doctors told him he would need “at least four months” to adequately recuperate.
Serra was said to have personally given Temer the letter which was published by state-run news agency Agencia Brasil.
The 74-year-old had only been on the job for less than a year.
Serra assumed the role after former president Dilma Rousseff was suspended in May 2016.