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FM: Israeli regime has no place in region’s future

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reiterates Iran’s changeless position of considering the Israeli regime to be bogus and illegitimate.

“The Islamic Republic has always declared its position of calling the Israeli regime illegitimate,” the senior diplomat told a televised program on Saturday.

“We [just] know one country that is named Palestine, with the Noble al-Quds as its capital. For many reasons, the Zionist regime has no place in the region’s future,” he added.

“The Zionists have taken even the Jewish hostage in the occupied territories,” Amir-Abdollahian noted, reiterating the Islamic Republic’s position that the territories’ fate has to be decided in a referendum that is attended by all the people there, notwithstanding their ethnicity or nationality.

‘Iran does not tolerate Israeli presence near its borders’

Meanwhile, the foreign minister expressed concern regarding certain provocations by the Israeli regime near Iran’s borders in Azerbaijan.

The regime, he said, used the flare-up of tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region earlier this year to establish a presence in parts of Azerbaijan.

He, however, called the efforts “abortive” and asserted, “We never tolerate the Zionist regime’s presence and its provocative measures near the Islamic Republic’s borders.”

A recent military maneuver conducted inside Iran near Azerbaijan’s borders was meant to “relay a message [of warning] to the Zionists,” the top diplomat reminded.

Iran to return to talks ‘soon’

Amir-Abdollahian said the country was to return to negotiations aimed at potential restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world countries, that were resumed in Vienna earlier this year.

“Our logic is a logic of dialog. We will return to the negotiations soon,” he said.

However, he asserted, the talks should be rewarding for the Islamic Republic and the country has to be able to draw all of the nuclear agreement’s “practical benefits.”

Nevertheless, the country does not tie implementation of its foreign and economic policy to the talks and the agreement, Amir-Abdollahian noted.

“The government has an economic development plan that is advancing apace. Nor are we supposed to make the Foreign Ministry await the JCPOA [‘s fruition],” he added, referring to the deal by the acronym of its official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

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