• Resistance, only hope for Palestinians: Leader's aide

A senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says anti-Zionist resistance is the only hope for Palestinians as they have lost their trust in the United States and their efforts to reach a compromise with Tel Aviv have also failed.

Addressing a conference in Tehran on Monday on the issue of Palestine, Ali Akbar Velayati said, “Palestinians have exhausted all efforts aimed at reaching a compromise [with Israel] and Mahmoud Abbas, who runs the Palestinian self-rule, has noted that the United States cannot be trusted anymore.”

The Iranian official pointed to a meeting with the representative of Hamas movement in Tehran and said the Palestinian side had admitted that Iran and the resistance front were the only hope for Palestinians.

“Therefore, it is clear that efforts made to reach a compromise [with the illegal Zionist entity] have failed and today, Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups have gained in power,” he added.

Velayati said Iran only pursued the path of resistance in the region, emphasizing that Iran was pivot of regional equations.

He added that countries in the West Asia region, particularly Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, were facing sensitive conditions and warned of the adverse consequences of overlooking the situation even for a single day.

Velayati said Iran must continue to provide advisory support for Syria and Iraq in order to defend the integrity and unity of the entire Muslim world.

No country can claim to be the flag-bearer for ensuring stability in the region in the absence of Iran, he pointed out.

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Jan 22, 2018 20:00 UTC
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