| 28 November 2023, Tuesday |

Iran expresses reservations over two-state solution, PLO articles of OIC summit declaration

Iran expressed four reservations over the Riyadh Declaration of the Arab-Islamic summit on the war in Gaza, despite praising its tone and phrases, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani.

Iranian media quoted Kanaani as saying: “The resolution approved during the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting in Riyadh, despite having a strong text, has several provisions about which the Islamic Republic of Iran has always expressed reservations in the past.”

Kanaani said Iran announced it has “reservations over certain provisions of the resolution, especially regarding the two-state solution, 1967 borders, and Arab peace plan,” reported the official IRNA news agency.

He expressed Tehran’s reservations about the Arab position in the resolution that says the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was the only legal representative of the Palestinian state.

“Iran believes that all Palestinians and Palestinian groups, including the PLO, are the representatives of the Palestinian state and have the right to fight against occupation and self-determination according to international law,” he added.

Kanaani reviewed ten proposals, which Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi presented in his speech before the summit.

“Most of the proposals put forward by Iran during the document negotiation have been incorporated into the resolution,” he remarked.

Upon his return at Mehrabad Airport, Raisi raised Iran’s reservations about the two-state solution, saying Tehran proposed a democratic solution that allows all Palestinians, including Muslims, Christians, and Jews, to determine their fate.

Political adviser of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Ali Shamkhani said the statement of 57 Islamic and Arab countries in Riyadh was a “necessary condition for action against crimes of Israel’s fake regime, but it is not sufficient.”

Meanwhile, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced the readiness of its ground units in terms of equipment and personnel throughout the country.

IRGC Ground Force commander Mohammed Pakpour headed to the country’s southwestern borders, where he was briefed on the forces’ combat and defensive readiness.

Pakpour praised the Hamas’ Al-Aqsa Flood operation, saying it dealt a significant blow to the strategic plans of the Israeli Zionist regime and was a symbol of Palestinian resistance against 75 years of oppression and massacres by the occupying forces.

IRGC Deputy Commander Ali Fadavi said Israel and the countries supporting it have been dealt a strategic defeat, adding that the “resistance front” groups are launching highly accurate missiles against Israel.


  • Asharq Al-Awsat