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Iranian foreign minister urges political solution to Gaza crisis

New York, 28 October, 2023(GNP): Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has expressed Tehran’s support for a political solution to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The Foreign Minister made these statements during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on Friday.

The discussions between Amir-Abdollahian and Guterres centered on the latest developments in the Middle East, with a particular focus on the dire situation in the Gaza Strip.

Amir-Abdollahian reiterated Iran’s commitment to backing any political solution that leads to an immediate end to the ongoing loss of lives in Gaza, the continued delivery of vital humanitarian aid to the coastal enclave, and the prevention of the forced displacement of Gazan civilians.

During the meeting, Amir-Abdollahian underscored the urgent need for the international community and the United Nations to take immediate and decisive actions to fulfill their responsibilities in supporting the Palestinian people.

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UN Secretary-General Guterres, in turn, acknowledged Iran’s unique role in the region and called for the continuation of Tehran’s constructive diplomatic and political efforts.

He described the humanitarian situation in Gaza as “disastrous” and urged all parties involved to bring the hostilities to an immediate end and provide much-needed aid to the beleaguered region.

The United Nations’ top priorities in the current crisis include ensuring the prompt delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, establishing a ceasefire, and pursuing a political resolution, Un Secretary told.

The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, which entered its 22nd day, has resulted in significant casualties. Official figures from both sides report the deaths of over 7,700 Palestinians in Gaza and at least 1,400 people in Israel.

Amir-Abdollahian further cautioned that Lebanese and Palestinian militants with close ties to Iran have their “finger on the trigger” in anticipation of an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza. While emphasizing that Iran does not wish to see the conflict escalate, he pointed out that the actions of these militants could be more powerful and profound than previously witnessed if the current situation persists.

The Iranian Foreign Minister expressed concern for the loss of innocent lives in Gaza and the West Bank and urged a swift resolution to prevent further escalation.