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Iranian, Lebanese FMs Discuss Gaza on Phone

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a telephone conversation on Wednesday with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil discussed the latest developments in Palestine, specially Gaza.

During the telephone conversation, Zarif and Bassil underlined the need for proper measures by the international bodies to stop Israel's aggressions against the defenseless Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Zarif had also earlier today contacted Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled Mashaal and Secretary-General of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement Ramazan Abdullah to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories and stress Tehran's support for the resistance front.

"In these talks, Iran's support for the resistance and its principled policies on Palestine were stressed," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

Afkham referred to the other measures adopted by Iranian officials in reaction to the Israeli crimes in the Gaza Strip, and said Tehran also hosted the Inter-Parliamentary Union troika meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday in which the necessity for practical measures in support of the Palestinian people was underscored.

Asked about Iran's position on truce plans in the Palestinian territories, Afkham said, "The viewpoints of the Palestinian groups and people are important to us and the Islamic Republic supports every plan that is accepted by the Palestinian people and provides for their interests."

"Our stance is whatever position and viewpoint that Palestinian leaders and resistance have," she added.

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