Iran and Iraq’s foreign ministers call for special OIC session on Palestine

The foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq exchanged views on the latest developments in Palestine in a phone call late Sunday, said the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry said that Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein discussed bilateral relations and the situation in Palestine amid ongoing hostilities between Palestinian resistance groups and Israel.

The two sides, the statement noted, “emphasized the need for coordination and coherence among Muslim countries in supporting” the Palestinian nation and called for a special session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Palestine.

The Gaza-based Hamas resistance group launched Operation Al-Aqsa Flood against Israel early Saturday, firing a barrage of rockets. It said the surprise attack was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and increased settler violence.

At least 700 Israelis have been killed and over 2,300 others wounded in the attack, according to the Israeli Health Ministry.

In retaliation, the Israeli army initiated Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, killing more than 413 Palestinians and wounding at least 2,300 others.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to use all of Israel’s strength to destroy Hamas’ capabilities and “take revenge for this black day.

Iran’s foreign minister, speaking to his Iraqi counterpart, asserted that the Palestinian nation has a “legitimate right to resist aggression and occupation,” the ministry statement noted, adding the latest operation is a “natural response to the continuous aggression” of Israel against Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian people.

Amir-Abdollahian called for the “coordinated and effective action of Islamic countries to help Palestine and stop the aggressive attacks of the Zionist regime against the women and children of Gaza and the West Bank,” the statement added.

Earlier on Sunday, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said Tehran supports the “legitimate defense of the Palestinian nation.”

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