Iran Labels Israel as Major Threat to West Asia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian warned that the Zionist regime is the biggest threat to security and stability in West Asia and Muslim world, and underlined the need for unity among Muslim nations in order to sever Tel Aviv's hand from the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex and the occupied Holy Quds.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks on Thursday in a phone call with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi.
The high-ranking Iranian diplomat also laid emphasis on the necessity for the existence of unity across the Muslim world in the face of the occupying regime, the need to cut the regime's hands off the Al-Aqsa Mosque's compound in the holy occupied city of Al-Quds' Old City -- which is Islam's third holiest site -- and the importance of complete restoration of Palestinians' rights.
Turning to the issue of the bilateral ties, the foreign minister pointed to his visit earlier this year to Amman, and announced Tehran's readiness for expansion of the level of relations and cooperation between the countries.
The Jordanian official, for his part, underscored his country's support for regional peace, stability and security, and defense of the holy sites in Al-Quds in the face of the Zionists' acts of aggression.
He considered Iran to be "an important country in the region", noting that Amman attached "great importance" to further development of its ties with Tehran.
Safadi has also welcomed the recent rapprochement between Iran and Saudi Arabia under the auspices of China in Beijing.
Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem during the holy month of Ramadan, firing tear gas and stun grenades and preventing Palestinian worshippers from entering the mosque for dawn prayers. Israeli troops also beat worshipers with batons and riot guns, wounding many, before arresting hundreds.
Several Muslim countries and organizations have strongly condemned the latest aggression, calling on international bodies to stop Israeli crimes and protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.
The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops since the start of 2023 has reached to 100 people, including several children, in the occupied territories.
Some 171 Palestinians, including more than 30 children, were killed by the Israeli forces in the West Bank last year. At least 9,000 others were injured as well.
The United Nations marked 2022 as the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in 16 years.
Iran describes Israel as the root cause of the region’s instability and insecurity, but also stresses Israel's US-supported barbarity will not change the inevitable fate of the Tel Aviv regime.
Tehran says the history of the apartheid regime is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime's atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say the Tel Aviv regime has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.