Raeisi says US  impeding Gaza ceasefire during first Saudi visit for emergency conference

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has accused the United States of obstructing a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip as he embarks on a visit to Saudi Arabia to attend an urgent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). President Raeisi's arrival in Saudi Arabia marks his first visit since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in March.

Iran (IMNA) - Video footage broadcasted on the al-Ekhbariya channel showed President Raeisi, adorned with a traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarf, warmly greeting Saudi officials at the airport upon his arrival.

Speaking at Mehrabad airport in Tehran before departing for the kingdom, President Raeisi stated, "If the ongoing atrocities in Gaza are not considered crimes against humanity, then what other acts can be described as such?" He further remarked, "Despite America's public statements expressing a desire to prevent the escalation of the conflict and its attempts to communicate with Iran and other nations, its actions tell a different story. The United States is effectively directing the war machine in Gaza, impeding efforts to establish a ceasefire, and expanding the scale of the conflict. It is crucial for the true nature of the United States to be revealed to the global community."

President Raeisi's remarks highlight the escalating tensions surrounding the conflict in Gaza and his concerns regarding the role of the United States in the region. His attendance at the emergency OIC meeting underscores the urgency and importance of finding a resolution to the ongoing crisis.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's visit to Saudi Arabia was made in response to an invitation from Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who currently holds the rotating presidency of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Raisi emphasized that Iran had requested an extraordinary summit on the conflict in Gaza a month ago.

Raisi stressed the importance of Muslim countries coming together to make a significant decision regarding the Palestinian issue, which he described as the most urgent matter in the world. He emphasized that this decision should be implemented effectively, shifting the focus from mere words and declarations to concrete actions.

The Iranian president outlined several key responsibilities of the OIC, including the immediate cessation of Israeli bombardments, the establishment of mechanisms to assist the oppressed and resilient people of Gaza, the lifting of the Israeli blockade on the territory, and the realization of the rights of Gazans. He emphasized that the OIC was originally founded to address the Palestinian issue.

Reflecting on his recent participation in the 16th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Tashkent, Raisi expressed how the issue of Palestine had overshadowed all other topics discussed. He expressed hope that by amplifying the voice of the Iranian nation and promoting unity among Muslim countries, the Palestinian conflict could find a resolution.

In related news, Iran's Foreign Minister warned that time is running out for Israel to continue its actions, stating that the future belongs to Palestine.

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