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Senior Fatah official visits Iran to stengthen Palestinian-Iranian ties

Headline: “Abbas Zaki: The Palestinian is the fire fighter of the region’s wars”
“Fatah Central Committee member Abbas Zaki stated yesterday in an interview with Al-Mayadeen (Lebanese TV station): ‘...We are in Tehran today [Feb. 12, 2016] in order to congratulate them [the Iranians] on the [1979 Islamic] revolution. This anniversary has significance for us Palestinians, as it influenced life in Iran and the entire region, and created changes which still exist in the consciousness and in politics. Iran is treating the Palestinian cause as an internal [Iranian] cause, and this cause lives in the souls of the Iranians and is important to them. Therefore, we need to update them about it, especially since Iran is a key player in the Middle East.’ Zaki expressed hope that it will not be Arabs who create obstacles between the Iranians and the Palestinian cause, and said: ‘We are the firefighters in the case of conflicts here or there. We are the cradle of the prophets, and it is wrong to distinguish between Sunni, Shiite, Christian, or Muslim, and only those who hold grudges turn to these damaged goods (i.e., discrimination).
We as Palestinians must prevent bloodshed, and Iran should be available for its primary mission, which is Palestine’... Likewise, he said that it is in Palestinian interest that Iran be a strong state, and we demand of our partners to maintain good neighborly relations with it.”
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