Iran FM details Iran initiative on Palestine referendum
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Iranian initiative for a referendum in Palestine was not a means of propaganda, stressing that the UN and Islamic countries needed to sponsor a population census in Palestine.
The political initiative presented by Iran on Palestine is registered in the United Nations, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Wednesday during a speech at the International Al-Quds Forum held in Tehran.
Iran is taking measures to activate this initiative, the minister said, stressing that in order to implement this initiative, "we are planning on holding a conference in Tehran next month, with the participation of foreign ministers of a number of Islamic and regional countries."
"Our initiative consists of holding a general referendum in Palestine to determine its fate, with the participation of all the indigenous inhabitants of Palestine: Christians, Jews, and Muslims, and not its unwelcome residents," Amir-Abdollahian added.
He also underlined that the general referendum had to result in the formation of a unified Palestinian government that governs all Palestinian lands.
The goal of Tehran's initiative is not to serve as propaganda, and he explained that as per the proposal, the referendum needed to be held with the support of the United Nations and Islamic countries, which requires a financial fund to sponsor the implementation of the project.
He stressed that Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei had "referred to this vision several times, and we are happy to register it at the United Nations. We also hope to hold an international conference in Tehran in the coming months, with the participation of the foreign ministers of some Islamic and regional countries for its implementation."
The Iranian foreign minister underscored that resistance was the only option so far for the liberation of occupied Palestine and occupied Al-Quds and the formation of a unified Palestinian government.
"The West had told 10 years ago my fellow negotiators that their problem with Iran was its support for Palestine and its non-recognition of the Israeli occupation," the top Iranian diplomat revealed.
"If you recognize this entity, the West said, 'you can possess and make a nuclear bomb, and we have no problem with that'," Amir-Abdollahian added.