Iran’s FM Condoles with Palestinians on Demise of Ex-Islamic Jihad Chief

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif extended his condolences on the occasion of the death of the former secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement, Ramazan Abdullah Shalah.

Zarif in a message pointed to Abdullah Shalah’s long history of jihad and struggle against the “Zionist regime of Israel”, and said that he was a brave fighter and national figure in Palestine who spent his life bravely and selflessly on the path of resistance and liberation of Palestine and holy al-Quds Jerusalem.

“I offer my condolences to the great Palestinian people, especially to Mr. Ziad al-Nakhala, the new Secretary-General of the Islamic Jihad Movement”, and to all his comrades in the resistance groups, as well as to his family, he said.

“Dr. Ramazan Abdullah, in addition to being a humble and thoughtful figure who was deeply concerned with the developments in the region and the world, was particularly concerned with strengthening unity among the Palestinian people and groups and the Islamic world,” Zarif added.

The Iranian foreign minister pointed out that the Palestinian people and Iran will remain a symbol of resistance and struggle.

Abdullah Shalah died on Friday at the age of 62 after a long period of illness.

A professor of economics at the University of Gaza, he was one of the founders of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement.

Shalah had been secretary-general of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad from 1995 to 2018.

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