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Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi

Iran’s Raisi Slams Normalization with Israel as ‘Reactionary and Regressive’

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday, October 1, denounced any attempts by regional countries to normalize relations with its arch-enemy Israel as “reactionary and regressive.”

The remarks came amid ongoing US-brokered negotiations between Israel and Saudi Arabia to establish formal ties, with the United States saying on Friday that the two countries are moving toward the outline of a deal.

“Normalizing relations with the Zionist regime is a reactionary and regressive move by any government in the Islamic world,” Raisi said during an international Islamic conference held in Tehran.

Raisi further labeled any normalization attempt as the “foreigners’ desire,” while stating that “surrender and compromise” regarding Israel were not on the table.

“The only option for all the fighters in the occupied land and the Islamic world is to resist and stand against the enemies,” he said, reiterating Iran’s position that Jerusalem must be “liberated.”

Meanwhile, as a sign of warming Israeli-Saudi ties, Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi is set to become the second Israeli minister ever to visit Riyadh when he heads there this week to attend a Universal Postal Union conference. (TOI /VFI News)

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