TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani voiced support for the Palestinian nation in the battle against Israeli occupation, saying the new Intifada (uprising) in response to US recognition of al-Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel would lead to restoration of Palestinians’ rights.

In a telephone conversation with Chairman of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh on Monday evening, President Rouhani expressed confidence that Muslim unity and resistance would thwart the recent American-Zionist plot for the holy city of Quds.

“This wrong measure made the nature of the United States and Zionist Regime more evident for the world and showed that they do not want to recognize the rights of the Palestinian nation at all,” the president said, according to his official website.

“Muslim states will undoubtedly voice their protest to the world on Wednesday at the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Turkey,” he added.

He further reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to supporting the Palestinian people, saying, “We are certain that the new intifada will continue its right path of safeguarding the Palestinian people’s rights.”

For his part, the Palestinian politician appreciated the firm positions of Iran in supporting Palestine and the holy city of Quds, saying, “From the viewpoint of the Palestinian people, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a strong pillar in supporting the realization of the causes of the Palestinian nation.”

US President Donald Trump declared on December 6 that his administration would begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Quds.

The decision has drawn widespread international condemnation and has sparked protests in the Palestinian territories.

Israel has occupied East Quds since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.