Iranian President meets Niger prime minister, slams US support for Israel
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi met Niger's Prime Minister Ali Lamine Zeine in Tehran on Thursday, says US support of Israeli war crimes in Gaza underscores it uses human rights as a tool for its own interests.
Raeisi said the United States and Western countries have a dark record of looting the resources and assets of other nations, all the while professing a commitment to human rights and security.
"The ongoing situation in Gaza and what is happening to its oppressed people reveal the true nature of these countries that claim [to advocate human rights] and shows that the lives of humans have no value for them," he added.
Israel started its relentless bombardment of Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying regime.
The regime’s staunchest ally, the United States,has been providing the Israeli regime with unwavering military and political support.
Around 25,700 Palestinians, some 70 percent of whom are women, children, and adolescents, have been killed in the brutal onslaught so far.
Elsewhere in the meeting, Raeisi said Iran enjoys good ties with African countries, particularly Niger, which are beyond merely political and diplomatic relations.
No obstacle can hinder the development of ties between Iran and Niger, the president said, expressing Tehran's readiness to exchange capacities with Niamey in various fields, particularly in the energy, industry and mining sectors as well as the export of technical engineering services.
He hailed Niger people's major steps in the path of achieving independence and freedom, and expressed confidence that they would face a very bright future.
Niger's prime minister said Iran plays a leading role in regional and international equations.