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Israel seeks to relocate crisis, spares no efforts to commit more crimes: Iran

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 Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan'ani speaks at weekly presser, on April 10, 2023. (By

Tehran says Israel has not desisted from its atrocities in the region despite domestic crises, warning that the occupying regime will spare no efforts to pursue its criminal acts against Palestine and other regional countries as it is scrambling to relocate its crises.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani made the remarks in a weekly presser in Tehran on Monday, reacting to Israel’s renewed violence against Palestinians and its illegal airstrikes on Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip.

“Despite grappling with dense internal crises and tensions … and a wide political and social divide in the occupied territories, the Zionist regime is still trying to spread the crisis from within … to the Palestinian lands and other adjacent areas,” he said.

“The regime committed a criminal and aggressive act against Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and violated, insulted and desecrated Muslims’ sanctities, especially al-Aqsa Mosque. The Zionist regime showed once again that it will spare no opportunity to keep committing criminal acts and aggression against the oppressed Palestinian nation as well as the regional and adjacent countries.”

Last week, heavily armed Israeli forces raided the al-Aqsa Mosque compound twice, wounding dozens and arresting hundreds of Palestinians, who were praying at Islam’s third holiest site.

Images of the attacks showed detained Palestinian worshipers lying face down with their legs and arms bound behind their backs, and others with their hands tied being led into a vehicle.

The violence took place during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, after a year of spiraling bloodshed in the protracted Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

The usurping entity also launched airstrikes on Syria, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip after Palestinian resistance groups fired rockets toward the occupied territories. 

Kan’ani argued that today, there is an awakening in the Islamic Ummah, as Muslim nations and governments are paying more attention to the Palestinian issue.

Muslim countries, he added, should prevent the Tel Aviv regime from using the political rooms in the region to distract public opinion from the issue of Palestine.

“The Palestinian nation strives for its rights and is practically at the forefront of the fight against a regime that has always been exporting instability, insecurity and terrorism to all regional countries,” the spokesman said.

“Helping the Palestinian people is tantamount to both supporting the oppressed and taking a prudent and foresightful measure to prevent the Zionist regime’s terrorist actions and its export of organized terrorism to the region.”

Iran welcomes political initiatives to resolve Yemen conflict

Touching on recent political initiatives to end Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, Kan’ani said Iran supports the extension of a truce that would lead to the lifting of the blockade on the impoverished country and the sending of humanitarian aid to its people.

“Since the beginning of this crisis, the Islamic Republic of Iran … has emphasized that the only solution is a political one with the presence of all Yemeni sides to decide the fate of the country and the formation of a government in line with the interests of the Yemeni nation,” he said.

On Saturday, Saudi and Omani envoys held talks with officials from Yemen’s Ansarullah resistance movement in Sana’a to negotiate a permanent ceasefire deal.

The Iranian spokesman also noted that Tehran has helped the Omani government pursue peace plans regarding the Yemen conflict. He stressed that Iran will play a role wherever the Yemeni parties, regional sides or the UN need it as a facilitator.

“Given new conditions in the region, we hope to witness a sustainable ceasefire and … a stable political process … with the participation of all Yemeni parties, in a way that Yemen’s interests and security and those of neighboring countries are safeguarded,” he said.

Iran, Saudi technical teams focused on reopening embassies

Commenting on the recent rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh, Kan’ani said a technical Saudi delegation is currently in Iran exploring the procedures for the reopening of the kingdom’s embassy in Tehran and its consulate general in Mashhad.

In the next few days, he continued, an Iranian delegation will travel to Saudi Arabia to provide the grounds for the reopening of the embassy in Riyadh as well as the consulate general and the mission to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah.

He also announced that Iran and Saudi Arabia will exchange ambassadors after the reopening of their embassies and diplomatic missions.

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