Iran’s support for resistance ‘will not change with new government’: Interim President

The Cradle, May 26, 2024 —

The Islamic Republic remains committed to resisting Israeli and US hegemony in West Asia and genocide in Gaza.

Acting Iranian President Mohammad Mokhber stated on 26 May that Iran’s fundamental strategy of supporting resistance, especially the Palestinian resistance, to US and Israeli hegemony and occupation in West Asia will not change in the new government.

Mokhber succeeded Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a helicopter crash last week along with the popular foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Mokhber made the comments during a phone call with Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Ziad al-Nakhala, who expressed condolences to the new president over Raisi’s death.

Nakhala praised Raisi and Amir-Abdollahian for always being “on the front line in defending the interests of the Iranian nation and supporting the Resistance movements.”

Both leaders made supporting the resistance in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, and Yemen a priority of Iranian foreign policy, both before and after the start of Israel’s genocide on Gaza.

Mokhber considered the strategy of resistance as the most effective way to deal with the “crimes and aggressions of the Zionist regime.”

In a meeting with Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid on 25 May, Mokhber stated that Raisi’s legacy of establishing strong ties with Iran’s neighbors will also continue. 

“Our martyred president did great actions and made important achievements. Perhaps one of his most outstanding actions was to raise the level of Iran’s relations with Islamic, neighboring, and aligned countries, which was honestly very successful in that regard,” Mokhber said.

“No doubt that the strategy of the Islamic Republic of Iran towards the government and people of Iraq, which was pursued by Ayatollah Raisi, will continue with force from now on,” Mokhber stressed.

The Iraqi president also offered condolences for Raisi’s death, stating, “His [President Raisi] martyrdom was a great loss and unparalleled tragedy not only for the Iranian nation but also for the Iraqi nation and the entire region.”

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