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Normalization of ties with Israel brings disgrace on reactionary Arab states: Leader’s aide

Ali Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

A top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says those few reactionary Arab states that have embarked on normalization of their relations with Israel will be disgraced and regret their move.

Ali Akbar Velayati, who also chairs the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, made the remarks on Monday after he announced that Tehran will host a webinar on Wednesday on the normalization of certain Arab states’ ties with Israel, adding that the event will be attended by participants from 50 Muslim countries.

Noting that certain reactionary Arab countries had secret ties with the Israeli regime in the past, Velayati said, "These relations have now become evident."

"We have recently witnessed wrong moves by the [United Arab] Emirates and Bahrain [to normalize ties with Israel]. One of the reasons behind the disclosure of these relations is the consecutive victories of the resistance movement in West Asia," Velayati said.

He emphasized that the recent steps taken by some reactionary Arab states in cooperation with Israel and the US are doomed to failure, stressing that these countries would be more disgraced than ever and forced to back down.

"Enemies of the Muslim world should know that the Zionist regime (Israel) will have no place among world nations whether the reactionary regional states back away from their position or not," the senior Iranian official stated.  

In a tweet on Friday, US President Donald Trump announced the normalization of bilateral ties between Bahrain and the occupying regime of Israel, the second Arab state to join a deal widely censured as a betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

Trump said that Bahrain had agreed to join the United Arab Emirates in striking a deal to normalize relations with Tel Aviv.

Bahrain will join Israel and the UAE for a signing ceremony at the White House hosted by Trump on September 15.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said any country recognizing the Israeli regime would have, in fact, turned a blind eye to the interests of the Muslim world, adding, "The Zionists' passive move in the face of the victories of the resistance front is fruitless, and will make no change in the resistance front's strategy as we will continue to resist strongly."

He said, "The US and its current president seek to win the [upcoming presidential] election. He (Trump) wants to focus on the foreign policy and the recent measures by some [Arab] countries to normalize relations with the Zionist regime are a positive point for him."

The deal between Israel and the two Arab countries on normalization of ties has drawn strong condemnations from the Palestinians and the Muslim world.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry vehemently condemned the deal aimed at normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates as an instance of “strategic folly” that will only end up strengthening the regional resistance front.

Iran’s highest ranking military commander, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, has also said the Iranian nation and Armed Forces will make a radical change in their approach to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi’s recent step to normalize relations with Israel.

Meanwhile, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on also reacted to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bahrain and the Israeli regime on Saturday, saying the Bahraini ruler will face “harsh revenge” from Muslim nations, and the country's citizens over the move.

“The disgraceful move by [the Bahraini kingdom of] Al Khalifah and the vassal ruling regime in Bahrain to establish ties with the Zionist regime (Israel), which was taken against the will and cause of the Muslim people of this country, was a big folly and devoid of any legitimacy and will receive appropriate responses,” the IRGC said in a statement.

In a statement also released on Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the deal, saying the Manama regime had sacrificed the Palestinian cause against the occupation for the upcoming US presidential election through the “shameful” treaty.

It added that the Bahraini regime had committed a “fundamental mistake” by turning its back to its own people instead of gaining legitimacy from them.

'No country dares threaten Iran’s security'

Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati stressed that the Islamic Republic's security will not be affected by the normalization deals with Israel, saying that the Iranian Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the rest of the Armed Forces are protecting the country in the face of the enemies' excessive demands.

"No country dares threaten the security of the Islamic Republic of Iran," the Leader's advisor pointed out.

"We have no concern about the Zionist regime getting closer to our region, because our defense system has been designed in a way that if they (enemies) seek to make an act of aggression against our security, they will receive a harsh response and we will teach the aggressor an unforgivable lesson," Velayati said.

All Palestinian factions have unanimously denounced the normalization agreements between Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab countries as a stab in the back of the oppressed Palestinian nation and a betrayal of their cause.

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