Iran, Turkey call for international cooperation to counter Israeli invasion

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday stressed the need for international action to oppose Israel’s attacks on Palestinians. The Iranian presidential office said in a statement that during a telephone interview between the two leaders, Rouhani stated that the Palestinian cause is the most important and serious common problem of the global Muslim community. He said that Islamic states should cooperate to combat Israel’s “aggression” against Palestinians, particularly through international bodies such as the United Nations and Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The Iranian president expressed a desire to strengthen Tehran Ankara cooperation to exchange views of Tehran and resolve ongoing crises in West Asia, including the Syrian and Yemeni crises. The Iranian President’s Office said that for its part, Erdogan described Israel’s attacks on Palestinians as very worrisome and called for a stern response from the international community. The Turkish President also hoped that the Ankara-Tehran strategic cooperation meeting would take place in the coming months to strengthen cooperation between the two countries. Also on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif attended a virtual emergency OIC meeting in which he accused the Zioni unit of “gross and systematic human rights violations, humanitarian law and international law”. Mr Zarif claimed that Israel “only understands the language of resistance”, and that the Palestinians had “full right to defend themselves”. He also called for launching “institutional” legal and political campaigns against the Zionist unit at regional and international levels.

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