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Palestine is indivisible: Iranian FM
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altTEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that Palestine is indivisible and the entire territory belongs to Palestinians. 

Salehi made the remarks in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the 1st International Islamic Awakening Conference, which was held in Tehran from September 17 to 18. 

U.S. officials approve of a two-state solution, arguing that a state can only be created through a settlement between the two sides and are making efforts to bring Israeli and Palestinian officials back to stalled negotiations. 

However, Acting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on September 16 that he would apply to the United Nations Security Council for full UN membership of a Palestinian state that is vehemently opposed by Israel and the United States. 

According to BBC, the Palestinian leader said he wanted recognition as a state within 1967 borders. This includes the West Bank - including East Jerusalem - and the Gaza Strip.

The endorsement of Palestine’s full membership may isolate the United States.  

Washington has promised to veto the statehood bid if it reaches the Security Council. 

Salehi said, “Palestine is not divisible, and it cannot be divided into two parts as some are saying,” IRNA reported. 

“Iran’s official stance is that Palestine belongs to all Palestinians,” he stated, adding, “Palestine belonged to Palestinians from the outset, and we do not approve of the breakup of Palestine.” 

“We will never recognize the Zionist regime, and this has been the clear stance that the Islamic Republic of Iran has adopted since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, and it will remain the same,” the Iranian foreign minister asserted. 

He also said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran regards holding a referendum, with the participation of all Palestinians, as the main solution to the (Palestine) issue” and has already made a proposal for holding a referendum to elect the government that will rule over Palestine.  

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Last Updated on 18 September 2011 17:03