The Iranian foreign minister held phone conversations with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas Political Bureau Chief Ismail Haniyeh as well as Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Ziyad al-Nakhalah.
In his talks with Abbas, Zarif denounced US President Donald Trump’s so-called deal of the century on Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said, “Iran will defend the Palestinian people’s rights to determine their fate and to form a Palestinian government with Al-Quds as its capital.”
Stressing that such plots were doomed to fail, Zarif hailed Abbas for his attempts to unite Palestinian political factions and vowed that Tehran would spare no effort to strengthen the resistance front.
During his talks with Haniyeh, the top Iranian diplomat emphasized the necessity for unity and solidarity among Palestinian groups and the free nations and governments of the world in their all-out confrontation with such a major plot of the century.
The Iranian foreign minister also told Nakhalah that Iran will support the Palestinian leaders and people in their opposition to the so-called deal of the century.
Defying international outcry, Trump announced last Tuesday the general provisions of the plan at the White House with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his side.
Trump repeats his hugely-controversial endorsement of occupied Al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” as he outlines his administration’s self-styled Mideast plan.
The scheme – which all Palestinian groups have unanimously rejected – largely meets Israel’s demands in the decades-old conflict, while creating a Palestinian state with limited control over its own security and borders.
It enshrines Al-Quds as “Israel’s undivided capital” and allows the regime to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank and the Jordan Valley, among other controversial terms.
Palestinian leaders, who severed all ties with Washington in late 2017 after Trump recognized Al-Quds as the capital of the Israeli regime, immediately rejected the plan, with Abbas saying it “belongs to the dustbin of history.”
Press TV and Tasnim News Agency contributed to this story.