Rouhani: Trump’s Al-Quds Bid Creates New Tension in Middle East
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani denounced the recent "incorrect and illegal" decision by his American counterpart to recognize al-Quds as the Zionist entity's "capital," saying the move would create new tension in the Middle East.
Rouhani made the remarks while speaking to reporters in Tehran on Tuesday ahead of his departure for Istanbul, Turkey, to attend an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation [OIC] on Wednesday following US President Donald Trump's declaration of al-Quds as ‘Israel's' "capital" and his country's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.
"If Muslims maintain their unity and integrity, it will be a big victory for Muslims and the region," Rouhani said.
He added that al-Quds belongs to all Muslims and would be the "capital of the Palestinian state."
Rouhani emphasized that the Muslim world is resisting against the "wrong" US decision in unison and warned of new tensions and the grave consequences that Trump's decision would have for the Middle East.
"Our message is that the Palestinian cause is the most important issue for Muslims and the Muslim world and Muslims must condemn this move in all international bodies, particularly the United Nations," Rouhani added.
He reaffirmed Iran's strong support for the Palestinian people and said, "Until all Palestinians return to their homeland and achieve their absolute rights, this support will continue."
Rouhani emphasized that unity, integrity and resistance of the Muslim Palestinian people in recent days proved that they can stand up against plots hatched by the arrogance and Zionists.
On December 6, Trump sparked international outrage by declaring that Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the "capital" of ‘Israel' and that he had instructed his administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the ancient city.
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