The Iranian President Attends Summit in Saudi Arabia
The First Visit in 11 Years
After 11 years, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has made a historic trip to Saudi Arabia. The visit comes after the two countries restored diplomatic relations in March.
An Important Handshake
During the major summit on the Israel-Hamas war, Raisi shook hands with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). MBS is the heir to the Saudi throne and the de facto ruler of the country.
A Call to Save the Palestinians
Raisi addressed the attendees at the summit, emphasizing that they had gathered on behalf of the Islamic world to “save the Palestinians.” He described the Palestinian cause as the focus of the Islamic world, denouncing the crimes committed against Palestinians and expressing support for Al-Aqsa Mosque.
A Struggle Between Two Axes
Raisi characterized the story of Gaza as a “struggle between two axes.” He urged the world to choose which side it is on, the side of nobility or the side that destroys human generations.
The Iranian President criticized the United States for its support of the Israeli offensive, holding Washington responsible as “the main partner in these crimes.”
Rejection of the War
In his opening remarks, MBS categorically rejected the war that Palestinians are being subjected to. He expressed his demand for an immediate cessation of military operations.
US Responsibility for the Absence of a Political Solution
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas placed the responsibility for the absence of a political solution on the United States. He highlighted the US’s influence on Israel.
Speculation About Hezbollah’s Involvement
Raisi’s presence at the summit is significant due to speculation surrounding Hezbollah’s potential involvement in the war. Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Islamist movement, could become a wildcard player and ignite a wider regional conflict.
Hezbollah’s Alliance with Hamas
Hezbollah has strengthened its alliance with Hamas, especially since the end of the Syrian war. Hamas leaders have met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah multiple times, and the Gaza-based group has deepened its connections with Iran.
Hezbollah’s Support for Palestinian Militants
Hezbollah has unequivocally supported the Palestinian militants since the start of Israel’s war with Hamas. The group has sponsored rallies in support of Palestinian groups and condemned Israel’s airstrikes on Gaza.
Emergency Gathering of Arab Leaders
A significant number of Arab leaders are attending the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit, hosted by Saudi Arabia. The summit aims to address the “Israeli aggression on Gaza” and find ways to stop it.
Syrian President’s Attendance
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s presence at the summit signifies Syria’s rehabilitation among Arab states. This comes after his participation in a regional meeting in May.
Read More of this Story at www.cnn.com – 2023-11-11 15:32:00
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