Iran’s foreign minister has criticized the US stance towards the Israel-Hamas conflict, stressing that peace will be restored to the region only id Israel’s military campaign in Gaza ends.
“The US is simultaneously moving in two directions: The first is to continue to send weapons [to Israel] … and the second is to talk about a political solution,” said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian Saturday during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bou Habib in Beirut.
“If the US wants peace in the region, the solution is to stop the crime and genocide in Gaza and the West Bank,” Amir-Abdollahian pointed out, further adding that the war has had “no tangible gains” for Israel and its supporters
According to Iran’s foreign minister, Tehran and Beirut have never sought to expand the war as they believe that it cannot be the solution.
Earlier in the day, Amir-Abdollahian met with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
Iran provides significant support to Hamas and Hezbollah, as well as several other groups in the region designated as terrorist organizations, including Iraqi Shiite militias, Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and the Houthis in Yemen.
Upon his arrival in Beirut on Friday, Iran’s top diplomat pledged continued support for Hezbollah, emphasizing the interdependence of Lebanon's security with that of the Islamic Republic and the wider region.
Though Iran has avoided any direct military involvement in the Israel-Hamas conflict, the regime has used its proxy groups to attack Israeli and American targets in the Middle East.