Photo: Press TV
Photo: Press TV

Teheran, 18 Rabi’ul Awwal 1436/9 January 2015 (MINA) – Iran will spare no effort to support Palestine and the Palestinian resistance movements, a senior Iranian diplomat says, Press TV quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Thursday in a meeting with Jamal Issa, a member of the political bureau of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, who is on a visit to Iran at the head of a delegation.

The issue of Palestine and al-Quds (Jerusalem) has always been at the top of the priorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy “as the most pressing concern,” and Iran has always had an established stance on resistance, the Iranian diplomat said.

Iran has never been, nor will ever be, negligent in supporting Palestine and resistance movements, he added.

The fate of Palestine and al-Quds is of utmost significance to Iran, Amir-Abdollahian stressed, adding that the Islamic Republic will deploy its full capacity to counter the acts of aggression by Israel.

The Palestinian official, for his part, expressed gratitude for Iran’s support for the Palestinian cause, describing it as “unparalleled and invaluable.” He added that Palestinian resistance movements feel proud of their strategic relations with Iran.

He further described the situation in al-Quds as tense, stressing that the Tel Aviv regime seeks sovereignty over the city.

Issa called on all Muslim and Arab countries to defend al-Quds and stand against Tel Aviv’s expansionist policies and plans to Judaize the holy city.

Despite widespread global condemnation of Israel’s land grab policies, Tel Aviv has approved a series of plans for new settler units in East al-Quds in recent months.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds in 1967. (T/P010/P3)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)