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Envoy Urges Iran-Egypt Cooperation for Supporting Palestinians


Iranian Ambassador to Beirut Qazanfar Roknabadi underlined the need for increasing cooperation among Muslim nations, specially between Iran and Egypt, to support the Palestinian people.

The Iranian ambassador made the remarks in a meeting with deputy head of the Egyptian expatriates’ affairs Hassan Mousa and Head of Lebanon’s Arab and Ethnic Society Moan Bashour in Beirut.

During the meeting, Roknabadi pointed to Egypt’s conspicuous role in the Muslim world, and said Muslim nations, specially Iran and Egypt, are needed to boost their cooperation in support of the Palestinians.

In December, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani renewed Iran’s call for more interaction, collaboration and cooperation among Muslim countries and nations in a bid to activate the huge potentials and capacities of the Muslim world to help the oppressed people of Palestine to attain their rights.

Larijani made the remarks in a meeting with Ibrahim Boulahya, Chairman of the Algerian Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, Larijani called for more interaction and cooperation among Islamic countries in defending the rights of the Palestinian people.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in December lauded Palestinians for their recent victory over the Zionist regime in the 8-day Israeli war on Gaza, and said the war once again showed the necessity for unity among Muslims.

Addressing participants in the International Conference of Muslim Scholars and Islamic Awakening here in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei praised the “braveries” shown by the Palestinians groups, specially Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movements, in the Gaza war.

The Leader said that the Gaza war had important lessons for the Palestinian people and other Muslims, and stated, “The Gaza war showed that if all sides unite with each other and be patient against hardships, God’s promise for emergence of comfort after termination of hardships will come true.”

As regards the lesson of the Gaza war for Muslims, Ayatollah Khamenei said that the development showed that despite the plots hatched by the arrogant power the Islamic world is advancing.

The Leader also said that unity is among the essential needs of the Islamic world, and cautioned about the US-Israeli plot to spark rift among Muslims.

Israel triggered an 8-day fighting by assassinating the military chief of the ruling Hamas group on November 14 followed by dozens of airstrikes on Gaza.

In response, Palestinian groups fired over 1,500 missiles and rockets at Israel.

Palestinian resistance groups targeted Tel Aviv and areas near Jerusalem for the first time in the history of confrontations between the two sides, launching a rocket attack in a major escalation of hostilities as Israel pressed forward with relentless airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Israel called up thousands of reservists and massed troops along the border with Gaza, signaling a ground invasion of the densely populated seaside strip could be imminent.

But the rocket attacks on areas deep in the occupied territories (Israel) frightened the Israeli regime, and made it drop its aggression plans and ask for third party mediation.

Eventually, a Cairo-mediated ceasefire agreement, which took effect on Wednesday November 21, ended the Israeli attacks, which killed more than 165 Palestinians and injured about 1,269 others.

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