Iran on Sunday voiced opposition to a US-mediated resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Tehran along with Palestinian groups expresses its opposition to the proposed plan and it's certain that the occupying Zionist regime will utterly not agree to withdraw from the occupied lands,” said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi.
“Past experience shows that the occupying Zionist regime is basically not ready to pay the price for peace since war mongering and occupation lie at its very core,” Araqchi added. (IRNA/AFP, 21 July)
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators had agreed to meet to prepare a resumption of direct peace talks.
File photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) shakes hands with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas during talks in Sharm El-Sheikh, on September 14, 2010. (AFP)