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Senior Iranian official: UAE, Bahrain to pay price for 'humiliating' normalization deals

Ali Akbar Velayati, the secretary general of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, attends the 13th meeting of the forum in Tehran on September 16, 2020. (Photo by Tasnim News Agency)

A top Iranian official has warned the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain that they will pay the price for their "humiliating" move to normalize relations with Israel.

Ali Akbar Velayati made the remark at the 13th meeting of the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening held via video conference on Wednesday and attended by participants from some 50 Muslim countries.

The conference was held to discuss the recent normalization of ties between Israel and the two Arab states.

Velayati condemned the normalization of relations between certain Arab countries and the Zionist regime as "a malicious scheme" and "a prelude to the full implementation of the 'deal of the century' and a publicity stunt."

"Instead of relying on divine promises, the unity of word, the will of the people and the unparalleled capacities of the Islamic world, some Persian Gulf vassal states have pinned their hopes on nothing and built a house of cards so that they should pay the price for and suffer the consequences of this humiliating compromise and normalization from their countries' national and spiritual assets," Velayati added.

Velayati described the Palestinian issue as the top priority of the Muslim world over the past seven decades, and said

"The [so-called] deal of the century, as a complementary measure to compromise moves, removed the mask of hypocrisy from the arrogant face of those seeking and advocating compromise] with the Israeli regime, he added.

He said that enemies of the Islamic resistance in the region and on the international scene have, in recent decades, planned and implemented various scenarios in order to shield their arrogant and exploitative interests."  

He added that the enemies have been making efforts over the last 70 years to gradually wipe out Palestine from the map of the region and to replace it with the fake occupying regime of Israel, stressing that the global arrogance hatches various conspiracies and plots in a bid to remove this pivotal issue off top priorities of the Islamic world.

He pointed to several rounds of so-called peace talks to resolve the Palestinian issue and said not only the negotiations failed to achieve anything for the oppressed people of Palestine, but they also resulted in excessive demands by Israel, its continued settlement construction activities, and more concessions in favor of the Tel Aviv regime.

Velayati, who is also a senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, described unity, coherence and resistance of the Islamic Ummah in the face of the excessive demands and malicious plans by the enemies and the reinforcement of the Islamic resistance front as the sole way to realize the Palestinian cause.

On Tuesday, the UAE and Bahrain signed the controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House, amid outrage across Palestine and the Muslim world at the Arab regimes’ betrayal of the Palestinian cause.

The deals were signed between Emirati and Bahraini Foreign Ministers, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. US President Donald Trump also penned his blessing into the accords.

The US-brokered deals make the UAE and Bahrain the third and fourth Arab states to take such steps to normalize ties since Israel signed treaties with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.

'Normalization of relations with Israel will result in nothing but humiliation, shame'

At the end of the meeting, a statement was issued that stressed "the passivity and hypocrisy of some mercenary rulers" in normalizing relations with Israel will bring about "no result but humiliation and disgrace" for the Arab regimes seeking normalization with Tel Aviv, and will lead to the collapse of the rulers who, like their tyrannical ancestors, tied their destiny to the shaky fate of the Zionist regime.

While condemning so-called deal of the century and the normalization of relations between the states affiliated with the Zionist regime, the statement said, the World Assembly of Islamic Awakening calls on all peoples, groups, parties and movements, Islamic states, freedom-seeking and justice-seeking nations to fully support the Palestinian cause until ultimate victory and the total eradication of the usurping, and oppressive Zionist regime.

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