Absent from UN General Assembly, Iran renews support for Palestine
As the Iranian President has not been granted a US visa to attend the UN General Assembly, there is no wonder a stand on Palestine was issued recently. "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said support for the oppressed people of Palestine is an Islamic and humanitarian duty."
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said support for the oppressed people of Palestine is an Islamic and humanitarian duty. “We will remain alongside the Palestinian nation until final victory,“ Ahmadinejad told Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya in a telephonic conversation on Wednesday, Mehr News Agency reported. He added that the Palestinian people’s resistance is a source of glory for Muslims and advocates of liberty worldwide. Noting that the resistance shown by Palestinians has scared the Zionist regime, he expressed hope that a day would come when people of the world would celebrate the departure of Zionists from the occupied territories. Haniya, for his part, lauded Iran’s stance toward Palestine and said the Palestinian nation is committed to continuation of resistance. Referring to the pressures exerted against Palestinians, especially the siege of Gaza strip, he said, “The siege, plots and aggressions are aimed at gaining an upper-hand and compelling Palestinians to recognize Israel. They (Zionists) want Palestinians to stop the resistance movement, but since the Palestinian nation has never recognized Israel it will not abandon resistance.“ Haniya also told Ahmadinejad: “Although we are facing tough conditions and problems, I can assure you that we still stick to resistance.“ Futile Attempt: Iran slams Tel Aviv’s blockade of Gaza, calling it a futile attempt to make up for major flaws and shortcomings in the Israeli regime. “Israel is desperately reaching out for help in countering inadequacies it faces today,“ Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani told Haniya in a telephone conversation on Wednesday, Presstv reported. The blockade has caused a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, resulting in the lack of essential medical and food supplies, and causing the death of a large number of civilians. Haniya noted that Israel is using the blockade as a last resort to heap pressure on Palestinians, to force them to forego their rights. The Palestinian leader criticized Arab League over its Monday meeting in Cairo, during which a proposal was put forward by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, calling for the dispatch of Arab troops to Gaza to end the siege. Haniya had repeatedly called for “an effective Arab role, not Arab troops“, in Gaza to help end the blockade. Iran officially supports the Palestinian nation and does not recognize Israel, regarding Israeli forces as occupiers of Palestinian lands and demanding the enforcement of UN resolutions defied by Israel. The United Nations has so far passed many resolutions in condemnation of Israeli actions against Palestinians. Israel, has so far defied the resolutions with the support of Washington, which has vetoed all such measures on at least 42 occasions since 1972.
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