Iran FM says referendum, return of refugees only solution to issue of Palestine

2022-06-06 23:02:08
Iran FM says referendum, return of refugees only solution to issue of Palestine

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the sole solution to the issue of Palestine is the return of refugees to their homes and holding of a referendum to be attended by all the original inhabitants of the occupied territories.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Sunday in a meeting with religious leaders and officials of Lebanese and Palestinian groups who took part in the 33rd anniversary of the passing of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini.

Iran’s top diplomat noted that the Islamic Republic will never back down on the rights of the Palestinian nation and will continue to support the resistance and struggles for the liberation of the Palestinian people.

Amir-Abdollahian described some Islamic countries’ move to establish and normalize relations with the Israeli regime as a "betrayal of the Palestinian cause," and said those countries would regret their action.

Referring to Iran’s full support for the Palestinian resistance, the top Iranian diplomat noted that the Islamic Republic would not retreat from its principled policy despite all pressures.

Four Arab countries – the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco – agreed to normalize relations with Israel under US-brokered agreements in 2020, when former US President Donald Trump was in office.

Spearheaded by the UAE, the move has sparked widespread condemnations from the Palestinians as well as nations and human rights advocates across the world, especially within the Muslim world.

Palestinians see the accords as a stab in their back and a direct affront to their cause to liberate their lands from Israeli occupation.

Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis occupy over 250 illegal settlements built since the 1967 occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al-Quds. Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state, with East al-Quds as its capital.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law as they are built on occupied Palestinian land.

The UN Security Council has time and again condemned the occupying regime’s diabolic settler-colonialism project in its umpteen resolutions.

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