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Global pressure on Israel to raise possibility of Gaza truce: Iran FM

Protesters hold a banner reading "Ceasefire", with the Eiffel Tower in the background, during an action by international NGOs to call for a ceasefire in Gaza Strip and a halt to arms transfers, in Paris on May 2, 2024. (File photo by AFP)

Iran's foreign minister says mounting international pressure on Israel to end its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip has increased the chance of a ceasefire in the Palestinian territory.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Saturday in Gambia’s capital Banjul, where he attended the 15th annual Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and met with top diplomats from different countries.

“We are in a situation where the possibility of a ceasefire in Gaza has increased slightly compared to the past. It is because of the consultations, efforts, and intensifying public pressure on regional and international scales against Israel,” he told reporters.

Amir-Abdollahian also expressed hope that the rights of Palestinians would be upheld and that the Israeli genocide in the besieged Gaza would stop.

Conditions should be properly provided for the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip and the return of its residents to their homes, he added.

Israel unleashed its US-backed Gaza onslaught on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance group carried out a surprise operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Tel Aviv regime has so far killed at least 34,654 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 77,908 others.

The Israeli war crimes have awakened the world’s public opinion to the Palestinian issue and led to mass rallies in solidarity with Gaza, intensifying pressure on the usurping regime to end its bloody war as part of a deal with Hamas.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian foreign minister held meetings with his Egyptian, Indonesian, Saudi, Turkish, Bangladeshi, Sudanese, Malian, and Gambian counterparts, Sameh Shoukry, Retno Marsudi, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Hakan Fidan, Mohammed Hasan Mahmud, Hussein Awad, Abdoulaye Diop, and Mamadou Tangara, respectively.

He further held talks with OIC Secretary General Hissein Brahim Taha.

During the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian attached importance to a recent measure by the OIC General Secretariat to establish a media monitoring unit tasked with documenting and exposing Israeli crimes and violations in Gaza.

Taha, for his part, said that the OIC is determined to pursue the case of Israeli acts of aggression and stands ready to cooperate with Iran.

Referring to the catastrophic situation in Palestine, the OIC chief also emphasized the need for coordination and cooperation between Muslim countries to confront Israel and support the Palestinian people.

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