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Zarif discusses Gaza with Hezbollah leader, EU foreign policy chief
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA4(4).jpgTEHRAN – On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held telephone conversations with Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on the situation in the Gaza Strip.
In his phone talks with the Hezbollah chief, Zarif said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran defends the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.”
Zarif also said it is very important that the Islamic world pay special attention to the demands of the Palestinian nation.
Both sides highlighted the necessity of ending the siege on the Gaza Strip and meeting the people’s needs there.
Zarif reiterated that the Iranian government is ready to send humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.
Nasrallah said Israel’s brutal attacks in Gaza have created a ‘catastrophic human crisis’ which is a clear example of ‘war crime and crime against humanity’.
The two sides also expressed concern over sectarian conflicts in the region which have been triggered with the aim of weakening the Islamic world.
Zarif and Nasrallah also said Muslim countries’ solidarity and awareness are important to foil the enemies’ plots.

Talks with Ashton
Zarif and Ashton, the EU’s top diplomat, also exchanged views about the recent developments in the Gaza Strip.
So far Zarif has held talks with the Hamas political bureau chief, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader, and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Oman, and Lebanon on how to stop the war on Gaza and sending humanitarian aid to the coastal city. 
Israel has started an intensive attack on Gaza from air, land and sea. The death toll in the coastal strip has exceeded 1,150, with children and women as the main victims.

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