Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi regretted on Tuesday “the lack of unity” of “Muslim countries” which, if they had coordinated, could have helped prevent Israel’s “aggression” against the Gaza Strip.
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Receiving the new Saudi ambassador to Iran, appointed after seven years of breakdown in diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh, Mr. Raïssi called for “strengthening cooperation” between the countries of the region to “resolve its problems” by avoiding intervention “from foreign countries”.
For him, “a united and integrated position of the Muslim world could have prevented the oppression and aggression of the Zionist regime and the excesses of its Western supporters in a more effective way”, according to comments reported by the press agency Irna.
“The presence of foreigners in the region not only does not solve any problem, but in itself represents a factor in intensifying problems,” he added, without mentioning country names.
Iran frequently criticizes the role of the United States, which has increased its military presence in the Middle East since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.
Mr. Raïssi had already called on October 12 “Muslim and Arab countries” to “coordinate” to “stop the crimes” of Israel.
The war between Israel and Hamas was triggered on October 7 by the attack of the Palestinian Islamist movement on Israeli soil, which left more than 1,400 dead, mostly civilians.
Israeli retaliation in the Gaza Strip has left more than 5,700 dead, most of them civilians, according to the Hamas Health Ministry.
The exchange of ambassadors between Saudi Arabia and Iran follows the surprise announcement made in March of the restoration, under the aegis of China, of their relations after seven years of estrangement.