Iran President says Tehran supports nations that oppose Israel
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic's core policy is to support countries that oppose and distance themselves from Israel.
"Negligence by some Muslim countries with respect to this principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has inflicted a heavy blow to the Islamic Ummah," Raeisi said in a meeting with Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali al-Sadiq Ali in Tehran on Monday.
He added that the criminal Israeli regime has always hatched plots to obstruct Muslim countries' path towards progress.
Israel would be neither a friend of Muslim countries nor interested in their development, he emphasized.
The Iranian president criticized some Muslim countries' move to normalize relations with the Tel Aviv regime, which he said runs counter to their nature.
"Had these countries tried to cut off their relations with the Zionists, today we would not have witnessed the continuation of attacks and bombings against the oppressed and Muslim people of Gaza," Raeisi pointed out.
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.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Raeisi said Iran fully supports Sudan's territorial integrity and the establishment of a powerful government in the African country.
He also welcomed revival of mutual relations after seven years of hiatus.
Pointing to the two countries' capacities and determination to promote political, economic and cultural relations, he added that the exchange of ambassadors and the reopening of embassies in Tehran and Khartoum have prepared an appropriate ground for enhanced relations.
Back in October 2023, Iran and Sudan agreed to restore diplomatic relations after seven years to serve the two countries' interests.
Tehran and Khartoum decided to restore relations after Iran and Saudi Arabia signed a China-brokered agreement in March 2023 to resume ties following a seven-year break.