Zarif made the remarks addressing an extraordinary meeting of OIC foreign ministers in Istanbul on the latest developments in Palestine and the Zionists' crimes against Palestinian people. The meeting of foreign ministers will be followed by a meeting of the Organization's heads of states later in the day.
Following comes the full text of Zarif's speech at the meeting:
I should begin by thanking the Turkish government for acting promptly to bring all of us together to consult about the horrific situation unfolding in occupied Palestine. The outrageous massacre of peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza, which constitutes war crime and crime against humanity, was the culmination of a new round of malicious acts undertaken in the past 6 months to suppress the Palestinians who dare to demand their basic rights. The unlawful announcement by the US President last December regarding Al-Quds and his dangerous move to implement that decision on Day of Nakbah, triggered the tragedy and emboldened the occupiers to embark on a series of cold blooded massacres, the latest of which included snipers shooting children in the back.
In the light of the massacre in Gaza, the international community is entitled to demand an end to the impunity of this brutal and rogue apartheid regime. It is imperative for our Organization to reinforce the call for bringing the perpetrators to justice. We need to take concrete action in the United Nations system, including by pushing for a transparent and independent international inquiry and asking for providing international protection for the Palestinians as envisaged in international humanitarian law. We must also press upon the Security Council to live up to its primary responsibility. We also support the efforts by Palestine to bring the issue before the ICC.
We should close ranks with other organizations, the overwhelming majority of States, and grass root movements across the globe who are rejecting U.S. unilateralism, bullying tactics and contempt for international law, and condemning Zionist occupation and brutality.
While we support the declaration, it should not be construed as recognition of the illegitimate Zionist entity.
Brothers and sisters,
What has further emboldened the Zionist enemy is our disunity despite our common past and common destiny and in spite of all the challenges and opportunities that bind us together. The defense of Al-Quds now more than ever should serve as our rallying point, uniting us to create a strong Ummah, rather than engaging in pointless quarrels.
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