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Nothing can undermine Palestine issue, normalization with Israel worthless: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets with a number of high-ranking officials and representatives from Palestinian resistance groups in Damascus, Syria, on January 14, 2023.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has stressed that nothing can diminish the Palestinian issue, dismissing the normalization agreements signed between a number of Arab countries and the occupying Israeli regime as "worthless".

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks during a meeting with a number of high-ranking officials and representatives from Palestinian resistance groups in Damascus on Saturday night.

“Palestine and al-Quds City are the principal issues of the Muslim world. Palestine will remain the foremost issue of Muslims until a Palestinian state is formed within its historical boundaries, with al-Quds as its capital,” he stated.

“The United States and its allies have unveiled various plans one after another for many years, namely the Oslo Accords, the Greater Middle East, the [so-called] Deal of the Century, and the Abraham Accords. The Palestinian nation and resistance forces have, however, managed to thwart all those plots through exemplary unity, resilience and perseverance,” the chief Iranian diplomat pointed out.

Amir-Abdollahian said that the 11-day Operation Sword of al-Quds between the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance groups and the Israeli military in May 2021 proved that Axis of Resistance and Palestine are alive.

“Even the World Cup [in Qatar] showed that Palestine is alive, and the normalization of Arab-Israeli relations is worthless,” he continued.

The Iranian foreign minister also pointed to Israel's newly formed far-right cabinet headed by Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, stating that the change of names and faces doesn’t make any difference in the regime’s policies as its officials are all radical in nature and responsible for the ongoing problems and boiling security and social crises across the occupied territories.

“Of course, we have witnessed greater cohesion between resistance forces and the Palestinian nation anytime that extremists ascended to power [in occupied territories],” Amir-Abdollahian said.

For their part, officials from Palestinian resistance groups briefed the Iranian foreign minister on the latest developments in occupied lands and lauded the Islamic Republic’s untrammelled support for Palestinians and resistance fighters.

They also paid tribute to top Iranian anti-terror commander General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport three years ago, stating that he offered great support to the Palestinian cause and empowerment of the resistance front.

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