Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in Tehran today that Iran would reject any move to recognize a Palestinian state alongside Israel. The Palestinian Authority is seeking the international recognition of Palestinian statehood alongside Israel with pre-1967 borders that will include the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Iran advocates a single Palestinian state that includes Isreal.
“We will never recognize the Zionist Entity and this is our solemn position ever since the success of the Islamic Revolution,” Salehi said [IRNA, 18 September].
“The issue of recognizing Palestine as an independent state could be on the schedule of the next UN General Assembly meeting, but Palestine cannot be left to split into two parts as many believe," Salehi added. “Our official position is that Palestine is the property of all Palestinians and we will not, under any circumstances, agree to its division.”