TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slammed certain Muslim countries in the Middle East for their open ties with the Zionist regime of Israel and said they tactlessly disclose their close friendship with the criminal regime.

Some regional and Islamic countries are disclosing their ties with the Tel Aviv regime recklessly, Rouhani said, addressing the 31st International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran on Tuesday morning.

Although such countries were in cahoots with Israel in the past, they used to conceal the issue and pretend that they have not such “sinister and indecent relations”, he said.

Today, however, the Muslim states openly announce that Israel is their friend and the Resistance Front is their enemy, the president added.

He further expressed confidence that regional nations and Muslims around the world will thwart sinister plots to consign the Palestinian issue into oblivion.

Most Arab governments have no official diplomatic relations with Israel. Even so, reports have indicated that several of them, including Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, have had secret ties with the Tel Aviv regime.

Back in June, the Times reported that Saudi Arabia and the Israeli regime were in clandestine talks to establish official economic relations for the first time since the regime was created on Palestinian territories some 69 years ago.

Later that month, Israel’s Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz urged Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to invite Netanyahu to Riyadh to establish full diplomatic relations and called for creating an axis vis-à-vis Iran jointly with the Saudis.

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal published in early January last year, Israel’s efforts to normalize ties with Arab states have intensified following the conclusion of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six other countries in 2015.