Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki met with the head and prime minister of the Palestinian Self-Rule Authority, Mahmoud Abbas and Ismayil Hanyeh in Riyadh on Thursday. A statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said that during the meeting which took place on the sidelines of the Arab Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Mottaki voiced pleasure in the recent deal between Fatah and Hamas groups, describing the farsighted measure as an indication of the vigilance of the Palestinian leaders.
Noting that the Zionist regime of Israel is now in its weakest state than ever before, he stressed the need for serious efforts by different Palestinian groups to restore the rights of their nation.
Mottaki also pointed to the goals pursued by Tel Aviv in the region, and viewed vigilance and resistance of the Palestinian forces as the pivotal factor in their confrontation with the hegemonic nature and attitude of the Qods occupying regime.
For his part, Mahmoud Abbas reminded his trip to Tehran after the victory of the Islamic Revolution, and praised Iran’s all-out supports for the Palestinian cause.
“We have been experiencing difficult political and economic times in recent months, but despite the troubles created by the enemies, we could succeed in forming the Palestinian national unity government,” he said.
The head of the Palestinian Self-Rule Authority also pointed to the expansionist policies of the Zionist regime, and mentioned, “Despite the existing problems, we will continue our efforts to restore the rights of the Palestinian people through resistance, reflection and utilization of all our possibilities.”