Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian strongly criticized what he deemed a double-standard approach by some Western countries towards Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip. In a phone call with British Foreign Minister David Cameron, Amir-Abdollahian denounced the ongoing Israeli occupation, citing its violations of Palestinian rights and war crimes committed over 75 years. He expressed disappointment in the silence of some Western governments regarding the Israeli regime's actions in Gaza over the past 80 days.
Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement, is a liberation movement against occupation and apartheid, drawing parallels with the historical context of South Africa. He called for a realistic and constructive approach from the UK to improve regional relations and bilateral ties.
In response, Cameron urged Iran to work towards preventing the expansion of the conflict in the region and enhancing maritime security. Both ministers agreed on the importance of continued consultations and exchanging views on various topics.
The Israeli aggression on Gaza, initiated on October 7 following Operation Al-Aqsa Storm by Hamas, has resulted in indiscriminate strikes that killed dozens of Palestinian civilians. The conflict has claimed nearly 22,000 Palestinian lives, with the majority being women and children, while another 55,600 individuals have been wounded. The Tel Aviv regime's imposition of a complete siege on the territory has led to severe humanitarian challenges, cutting off essential supplies to over two million Palestinians in Gaza.