TEHRAN(Basirat): May 18, 2018 Muslim leaders have gathered in Turkey for an Islamic summit to discuss Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday.
The emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday
seeks to show solidarity with the Palestinians after Israeli snipers shot dead
at least 62 Gazans near a fence in the besieged enclave.
President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Iran's support for the Palestinian cause and
their right of return to their homes as he headed to Istanbul.
"Under the circumstances, it’s the duty of all Muslims especially the leaders of
the Muslim world to defend Palestinians and al-Quds. This constitutes defending
both Islamic values and the great and civilized Palestinian nation,” he said.
The meeting in Istanbul, Rouhani said, is being held with the aim of examining
"two catastrophic incidents," namely the "illegal and disastrous transfer of the
US embassy to al-Quds" and the "ruthless killing of the Palestinian people by
the Zionist regime."
"On behalf of the great nation of Iran, I want to convey my condolences to the
great people of Palestine and say that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always
been the advocate of the oppressed people, and one of the major goals of
its revolution is the liberation of the noble al-Quds and Occupied Palestine,"
"And our nation continues to pursue this aspiration and will continue on this
path," Rouhani added.
The Istanbul summit, he said, is "an opportunity for the leaders of the Islamic
countries to voice their hatred toward the Zionist move and to use all the means
to deal with it, including in the General Assembly of the United Nations and
other international bodies."
The Iranian president also said the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem
al-Quds has provoked the anger of the Muslim countries and made the US more
hated than ever in the world public opinion.
Israel and the US, Rouhani said, are creating problems in the Muslim world to
distract attention from the Palestinian issue.
Source: Press TV