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Iran says welcomes ‘new page’ in ties with Muslim states

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 (C) holds a meeting with participants at the 37th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on October 2, 2023. (Photo by the Iranian Foreign Ministry)

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Iran welcomes a new chapter in its relations with Muslim countries, highlighting attempts to restore full diplomatic ties with Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

“We welcome the new page in relations with Islamic countries, but we believe that deals … should proceed based on protecting Palestine’s interests and considering the Zionist regime as illegitimate,” he said during a meeting with participants at the 37th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on Monday.

Referring to the resumption of ties with Saudi Arabia, Amir-Abdollahian said Iran is pursuing “deep and extensive relations” with an eye to maintaining the interests of the Islamic world while disappointing the enemy and hindering Israel’s normalization efforts.

Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume relations following a seven-year hiatus under a China-brokered agreement in March.

The two countries have reopened their respective diplomatic missions and exchanged ambassadors.

The top Iranian diplomat also touched on the recent rapprochement with Egypt and expressed hope for a “good development” that benefits both nations.

He further emphasized that the region and the entire world have entered a new stage, with an increasing understanding of the fact that if we do not think about our security, others will not help.

In the current changing world order, he noted, the US is not able to exercise its hegemonic power after decades of unilateralism.

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