Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran will not allow Israel to deceitfully divert world public attention away from the crimes it has committed against Palestinians.
In a meeting with member of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub in Tehran on Tuesday, Zarif said the Palestinian issue is a fundamental cause for Iranian officials and nation.
“For the Iranian government and people, all walks of the Palestinian nation are dear. The Palestinian nation, given its brilliant record of resistance against the Zionists’ aggressions, deserves all-out support from all Muslim and world countries,” the top Iranian diplomat stated.
Zarif also described Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands as the violation of the most basic right of Palestinians, saying, “Over the past years, Zionists have used the issue of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program as pretext to divert world public attention from their crimes in Palestine.”
He noted that Iran policy in negotiations with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US - plus Germany over its nuclear energy program and a nuclear agreement with the Sextet of world powers is to divest Israel of its excuse.
“We believe the future of Palestine and its people should be decided by Palestinians themselves and through ballot boxes,” Zarif pointed out.
Rajoub, for his part, welcomed the accord reached between Tehran and the world powers over Iran’s nuclear energy program, and described the Islamic Republic as an important player in the regional and international developments.
He further noted that the Fatah Movement will not stop its resistance against Israel until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Quds as its capital.