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17:42 | 2009-01-15

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Seeking an End to Israeli Onslaught on Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's special envoy to the UAE and Bahrain said Wednesday that Iran supports international and diplomatic efforts to end Zionist regime's savage attacks on the Gaza Strip and restore rights of the Palestinians.

"Iran supports any measures taken by any parties, to stop brutal attacks of the Zionist regime on Palestinians, lift the prolonged blockade from Gaza and provide Gazans with food and medicine," Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hossein Saffar Harandi said on Wednesday in an interview with Bahraini newspaper "Al-Wasat".

He stressed that efforts to help Gazans should be made "in a practical and serious way aiming at serving Palestinians' interests."

Saffar-Harandi's visits to the UAE and Bahrain aimed at delivering Ahmadinejad's message to the two countries' top officials about the catastrophic situation in Palestine and in Gaza.

"These messages include the role that leaders of Islamic countries can play in changing conditions of the Palestinian people who are facing the Zionist regime's brutal attacks."

The minister added that Iran has made "massive diplomatic efforts" to help end the Zionist regime's deadly attacks on Gaza which have so far left over 1,000 killed and more than 4,000 injured mostly women and children after entering its 20th day on Thursday.

"Since the beginning of the Israeli war on Gaza, President Ahmadinejad has made separate contacts with many world leaders and sent special envoys to a number of countries to attract their supports for the Palestinian case," added the minister.

He regretted silence of many countries in the region about the Israeli ongoing onslaught on Gaza.

The minister complained that "certain states" have even wished to see Gazans and Palestinians destroyed by Israeli attacks.

Saffar-Harandi further criticized the UN Security Council for making no steps to stop Israeli savage attacks on the defenseless people of Gaza.

He urged Arab and Islamic countries to make use of their potentials to support the defenseless Palestinians.