Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Tehran will keep helping the Palestinians with no reservation, and calls on other Muslim countries to follow suit.
Speaking in a Friday meeting with the ambassadors of Muslim countries and participants of the 33rd Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran’s stance on the issue of Palestine is a principled and definitive one.
“Since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution to this day, we have remained in this position – meaning we have helped and will continue to help Palestine and the Palestinians without any consideration and view this the duty of the whole Islamic world,” the Leader said.
“Following the victory of the Islamic Revolution [in 1979], the Islamic Republic bestowed the Zionists’ center on the Palestinians. This was both a real and a symbolic move. We helped the Palestinians and will continue to do so. We have no reservation and the entire Muslim world must follow suit,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei described the issue of Palestine as the biggest plight of the Muslim world which has displaced a nation from its home, and underlined the significance of unity among Muslim nations in resolving the issue.
“Had Muslim countries maintained even the minimum levels of unity, we would not have so many plights in the Muslim world today,” he added.
The Leader further pointed to the Islamic Republic’s call for the annihilation of Israel, and said Iran is not calling for the elimination of Jewish people, but it thinks people of all religions should decide the future of Palestinian territories.
“Calling for the elimination of Israel does not mean the elimination of the Jewish people … it means that the people of Palestine – be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish – should choose their own government,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.
The Leader’s meeting with the guests of the Islamic Unity Conference was held on Friday on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his great grandson Imam Sadiq, the sixth Imam of Shia Muslims.
The 33rd edition of the International Islamic Unity Conference was inaugurated by President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday.
Organized by the Iranian-based World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, the three-day event aims to establish unity and synergy among Muslims.
Addressing the opening ceremony, President Rouhani said the only profiteers of division among Muslims are the foreign actors in the region.
“Ummah Unity in Defense of al-Aqsa Mosque” is this year’s theme of the conference. This is the second consecutive year that Palestine has become the focus of the Unity Conference.