United States plan to move Israel embassy sign of 'failure', Iran's leader says

Iran's Supreme Leader Hamas Blast US Plan to Relocate Its Embassy to Jerusalem

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemned the move by the U.S. government to transfer its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and proclaim Jerusalem as the capital of the occupying regime, calling it a flagrant violation of global resolutions.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke earlier at the conference, saying USA recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel was a desperate move resulting from their "paralysis and incompetence".

"That they claim they want to announce Quds as the capital of occupied Palestine is due to their incompetence and failure", Khamenei said, using the Arabic name for Jerusalem.

Jerusalem (al-Quds) which hosts the first Qibla of Muslims is an inseparable part of Palestine.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has reiterated that the most important reason for the falling apart of stability and security in the Middle East is the continued occupation and the biased and unequivocal support of the American government for the Zionist regime", the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its full sympathy with the Palestinian people and once again underlines the main responsibility of the worldwide community, particularly the United Nations, to put an end to the occupation of the Palestinian territories and the holy Quds and contribute to the Palestinians' efforts to achieve their basic rights.

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"The issue of Palestine today is at the top of the political issues for Muslims and everyone is obligated to work and struggle for the freedom and salvation of the people of Palestine", Khamenei said.

In the meantime, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the relocation of the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is illegal and would further destabilize Palestine and the Middle East region.

Certain rulers in the region are "dancing to America's tune" Khamenei said, an indirect reference to Iran's main regional rival Saudi Arabia.

Given the fact that the city of Quds is considered as occupied according to the United Nations resolutions, the U.S. action to recognize this city as the capital of the occupation regime of Quds is considered to be a blatant violation of worldwide resolutions.

Iran "will not tolerate a violation of Islamic sanctities", he said.

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