Jun 10, 2020, 11:50 PM
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Palestinian people has no option but resistance: Official

Tehran, June 10, IRNA – Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohsen Baharvand said on Wednesday that the Palestinian people have no option but resistance to achieve their undeniable right to decide their fate.

He made the remarks during a virtual meeting held by the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the level of foreign ministers, following a recent announcement by the Zionist regime and the Israeli occupiers of the plan to annex parts of the Palestinian territories, especially the West Bank, to their occupied territories next month and the US government's support to the unlawful plan.

Baharvand represented Iran at the meeting organized at the request of the Palestinian Authority and at the invitation of Director Geenral of Yousef Al-Othaimeen.

Reiterating the Islamic Republic of Iran's unwavering commitment to defending the cause of Palestine, Baharvand explained Tehran's views on the current threats of the Zionist regime, its main supporter, the US regime, and the effective solution to the long-running crisis facing the Islamic world.

He strongly condemned the Zionist regime's actions in relocating its capital to Beit ul-Moqaddas, as well as its plan to annex parts of the Palestinian and Arab territories and the US regime's support for these measures and stressed inefficiency of the policy of negotiations with the Zionists.

It is very important for Muslims to think seriously about developing a new strategy regarding Palestine in order to guarantee the inalienable right of Palestinians to decide their destiny, he said.

Now that the US government's ill will and the Zionist regime's malice and hypocrisy regarding the issue of Palestine and the principle of forming a Palestinian state have been proved, the Islamic world is now very thirsty to adopt and implement a real result-oriented policy, Baharvand said.

Highlighting global recognition of the right to self-determination and the stubborn opposition and obstruction of the United States and its allies to the vindication of this inalienable right of the Palestinians, Baharvand said the Palestinian people have no choice but to resort to resistance to achieve their undeniable right to self-determination.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly proposed a nationwide referendum with the participation of all Palestinians inside and outside the land with any religious or political background," he said.

Baharvand further noted that it is now time for member-states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to adopt a resolution calling on the United Nations, as the main international body responsible for maintaining world peace and security, to resolve this long-standing tragedy of the contemporary world by holding a referendum in Palestine.

At the end of the meeting, a draft resolution was approved in 15 executive clauses, focusing on the decisive condemnation of the Israeli Zionist regime for the sinister plan to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.

The resolution also condemns the fake Israeli regime for imposing restrictions and barriers to the Palestinian people's access to the facilities and equipment needed for protecting themselves against coronavirus.

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