TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham announced in a press conference on Wednesday that Iran has held political consultations with other countries, including some non-aligned states, on ways to help the Gaza people.
Iran holds the rotating presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement.
On July 8, the Israeli Air Force started a mass military assault on Gaza. The Israeli military also started a ground offensive in Gaza on Friday. The death toll in Gaza has exceeded 600 with children and women as the main victims.
She stated that the Muslim and Non-Muslim countries’ sensitivity and awareness have increased and they have reacted against the Zionist regime’s criminal acts in Gaza.
Iran tries to maintain this sensitivity to build the necessary solidarity among these countries in order to reach a collective decision in the face of Israel’s war against Gaza, she added.
Iranian FM talks to Islamic Jihad and Hamas leaders
Elsewhere in her remarks, Afkham said that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held phone conversations with his counterparts from various countries and declared Iran’s support for the Palestinians resistance against Israel.
Zarif also elaborated on Tehran’s principled position toward the Palestinian issue, she said.
He also held telephone conversations with Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shalah and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal on Tuesday, Afkham added.
‘Extension of nuclear negotiations shows political will to continue talks’
Afkham also said the extension of nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers does not mean that the negotiations have failed, instead showing the “political will” to continue the talks.
Even the extension of nuclear talks had been predicted in the Geneva deal, she added.
Under an interim agreement reached in Geneva last year, Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) agreed to work out a final nuclear deal by a self-imposed deadline of July 20. But the Geneva accord allows the talks to be extended by as long as six months if the two sides agree.
Iran and the six major powers failed to meet a July 20 deadline to clinch a comprehensive deal and agreed to extend the talks for four months until November 24.
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