Iranian President Hassan Rouhani deplored the US embassy’s relocation from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem) as a violation of international law and said Washington is more hated than ever in the Islamic world.
“The relocation of the US embassy to the Holy Quds is against international regulations and the US is more hated than ever in the World of Islam,” the president said, speaking to reporters in Tehran on Friday before leaving for Istanbul to take part in an emergency summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
President Rouhani described the meeting as a good opportunity for Muslim nations to voice their support for the oppressed people of Palestine and condemn Zionists’ crimes.
“Defending the people of Palestine and the Holy Quds means defending Islamic values,” he said.
This summit is being held to discuss two catastrophic events, the first is the illegal act of moving the US embassy and the second is the brutal killing of Palestinians by the Zionist Regime, he added.
On Monday, tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near Israel’s border fence to protest a blockade of their territory and the move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds (Jerusalem) that day.
The Gaza Health Ministry said nearly 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 others injured, including 1,360 by live fire. Of the wounded, 130 are in serious or critical condition.
It was the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.
US President Donald Trump announced on December 6 that his administration would begin the process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Quds.
After months of global outcry, the US opened its embassy in al-Quds in a ceremony attended by a White House delegation and Israeli regime officials on Monday.