• President Rouhani warns against US embassy relocation, blasts illegal Zionist entity for destabilizing the region

President Hojjat al-Islam Hassan Rouhani has warned the US against relocating its embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds in the Occupied Palestine, saying the "illegal" move would further destabilize Palestine and the region.

According to Press TV, during a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, President Rouhani called on Islamic states to join hands in opposing the "dangerous" move by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

"We believe, given the current conditions, all Islamic nations must become united and take a serious step in countering this wrong, illegal, provocative and gravely dangerous move by the US," President Rouhani said.

"There is no doubt that Israel is responsible for all the insecurity and instability [in the region]," he added.

The two leaders spoke as Trump was due to make an announcement later in the day on whether he would renew a six-month waiver on the relocation of the US diplomatic mission in Israel, a decision that the US Congress made in 1995 but all of his successors have deferred ever since.

Describing the issue of Palestine and countering Israeli plots as "priorities" for the Islamic world, the Iranian head of state invited all "peace-loving" nations to "resist" the Tel Aviv regime's "wrongful measures."

President Rouhani also thanked Erdogan for making the phone call and accepted his invitation for an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul.

Erdogan, in response, expressed concern over Trump's pending announcement and said the American head of state's "insolence" was due to the "internal discord" between the Islamic nations.

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Dec 06, 2017 15:40 UTC
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