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Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (R) meets with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described supporting the rights of the Palestinian people as the unwavering strategy of the Islamic Republic. “The Islamic Republic of Iran completely supports the rights of the Palestinian nation in all international circles,” Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in Egypt’s capital, Cairo. “Israel is in a position of weakness and if the resistance of nations and Palestinian groups continues, undoubtedly the future outlook of nations will be brighter,” Ahmadinejad added. The Iranian chief executive described the recognition of a Palestinian state by the UN as a step forward, which has created a better opportunity to pursue the rights of the Palestinian nation more seriously. On November 29, 2012, the UN General Assembly voted 138-9 with 41 abstentions to upgrade Palestine’s status to non-member observer state. Abbas, for his part, expressed gratitude for Iran’s support and said Iranians have always stood beside the Palestinian nation. The Iranian president arrived in Cairo on Tuesday to attend the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and was welcomed by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The OIC, which was established in 1969, is the second-largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations and has 57 member states spread over four continents. MYA/HGH/SS
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