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Iran: Any step toward normalization with terrorist Zionists, stab in back of Palestinian nation

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has vehemently condemned a meeting between Israeli and American officials and foreign ministers from four Arab states in the occupied Negev, calling it betrayal of the cause of Palestine.

Saeed Khatibzadeh's remarks on Monday came after the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco – three Arab countries that normalized relations with Israel in 2020 – came together for a meeting with Israeli officials in the occupied Negev region, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, also in attendance.

Condemning the "evil meeting" in the occupied territories, the Iranian spokesman described it as the betrayal of the cause of the liberation of Palestine. 

"Any move to normalize and establish relations with the terrorist Zionists and the occupiers of al-Quds is a stab in the back of the oppressed Palestinian nation and a gift to the child-killing Israeli regime to continue the killing of the [Palestinian] people and occupation of their land," Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

"Historical experience has proven that the process of compromise and submission has brought its advocates nothing but defeat and humiliation."

The Iranian spokesperson emphasized that the occupied Palestinian territories will not be liberated unless through resistance of the Palestinian nation and support of Muslim nations and governments.

Khatibzadeh concluded his remarks by warning against the Zionists' efforts to foment sedition and mischief in the region.

He also indicated Iran's readiness to cooperate and expand its relations with regional countries in order to counteract the Zionist and American plots that aim to sow discord and spread instability in the West Asia region.

Top diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States, and Israel wrapped up a two-day meeting in the Negev desert on Monday with the purpose of pressing ahead with a US-brokered normalization of relations between the Arab states and the Israeli regime. 

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh also on Monday condemned the meeting in the occupied Negev, saying holding such meetings while Tel Aviv continues its occupation is just an "illusion."

"We're following with concern Israel's movement in the region,” the Palestinian premier said, adding, “Arab normalization meetings without ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine are just an illusion, a mirage, and a free reward for Israel.”

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