Iran's Khamenei: Peace talks will force Palestinians to relinquish their rights

Supreme leader speaks to mark end of Ramadan holy month; slams "Zionist wolves and their int'l supporters."

August 9, 2013 10:16
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei 311 (R). (photo credit: Ho New / Reuters)


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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke out on Friday against renewed peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, warning they would force “the Palestinians to relinquish their rights,” AFP reported.

Speaking in Tehran on the occasion of Id al- Fitr, which marks the end of the Ramadan, Khamenei said the US-led negotiations would be “detrimental” to the Palestinian cause.

His comments came as the US State Department confirmed on Thursday night that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators would resume talks on Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Khamenei said on Friday that the renewed peace talks would “encourage the aggressors to increase their aggression and suppress the rightful resistance of the Palestinians,” according to AFP.

The Iranian leader called on the Muslim world to be active in supporting the Palestinian cause and condemning Israel.

“The Muslim world must not back down from its support for Palestine, and it should condemn the oppressive action of fierce Zionist wolves and their international supporters,” AFP quoted him as saying.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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