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Iran reiterates support for ‘legitimate’ Palestinian resistance

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a meeting of the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on Dec. 13, 2023.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has reiterated Iran’s backing for the “legitimate” resistance of the Palestinian people, calling on all countries to step up their efforts to stop the “war crimes of the Zionist regime”.

“It has been many years that the Palestinian people have been trying to free their country from occupation. This is a legitimate resistance from the standpoint of international law and the United Nations Charter,” he told Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister Olivia Rouamba in Geneva on Thursday.

“It is necessary for all countries to try to stop the war crimes of the Israeli regime against the Palestinian people in Gaza and the West Bank, while supporting the liberation struggles of the Palestinian people,” he added.

Amir-Abdollahian, in Geneva on the final day of the Global Refugee Forum, explained the Islamic Republic’s course of action for a democratic solution of the crisis in Palestine.

His talks with Rouamba, he said, were a very good opportunity to discuss cooperation between Tehran and Ouagadougou following the recent meeting of their joint economic commission.

​Amir-Abdullahian expressed hope that the implementation of the agreements signed between the two countries would go well. He also announced Iran’s readiness to provide educational services to Burkina Faso in various specialized fields, including medicine and medical equipment.

Rouamba thanked the Islamic Republic for supporting her country, calling it a relief to the sufferings of two million displaced persons in her country.

More than 2 million people are internally displaced in the West African nation, the majority of them women and children, amid violence linked to al-Qaeda and Daesh terrorist groups.

The violence has pushed people from their homes, off their farms and into congested urban areas or makeshift camps, fueling a dire humanitarian crisis.

Rouamba, who visited Tehran in September, welcomed Iran's scientific, technical and educational activities in Burkina Faso, calling it a basis for strengthening Iran's cooperation with her country and the African continent.

In a phone conversation, Amir-Abdollhian and his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira also stressed the importance of continued consultations to help stop the Israeli killings and protect civilians in Gaza. 

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