Iran Pledges to Press on with Palestine Support

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reaffirmed the country’s commitment to backing Palestine in spite of the fact that sanctions have been the price it pays for that support.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran emphasizes on honoring commitments regarding Palestine,” Zarif said in a Sunday address to the extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the issue of Palestine and the holy Quds, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“Although (Iran) knows the pressures that have been imposed on it in recent decades have been the result of our support for the cause of Palestine, it will keep up that policy,” he underlined.

The top Iranian diplomat also described the issue of Palestine as the centerpiece of the OIC, calling for serious attention to the organization’s “raison d’être” without being distracted by any other issue.

Zarif further stressed the need for Muslim unity and practical action to end the occupation of Palestine in an organized manner.

The minister then condemned the Israeli regime’s policy of Judaizing the holy city of al-Quds (Jerusalem), saying Tel Aviv is pursuing expansionism in disguise.

“Israel’s continuing brutal occupation (of Palestine) has violated the basics of international law on human rights,” he added.

Zarif finally deplored the United Nations Security Council’s inaction on the Israeli atrocities, which he said continue to threaten the international peace and security.

Zarif arrived in Jakarta on Sunday morning to participate in the OIC meeting.

Indonesia is the first destination of his tour of six countries, which will later take him to Singapore, Brunei, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.