TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the occupied city of Jerusalem al-Quds belongs to Palestine and the Palestinian nation,stressing that the US, Israel and their “brutal accomplices” can have no claim over it.

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“Al-Quds (Jerusalem) is neither America’s to give away nor Israel’s to take. And NOT for brutal accomplices to try to buy. Quds belongs to Palestine & Palestinians: history shows that whomever ignores this is condemned to ignominious failure. Iran stands with Palestine,” Zarif tweeted on Wednesday ahead of International Quds Day rallies on Friday.

The International Quds Day is an annual event during which demonstrators express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and opposition to the occupation of the Palestinian territories by the Zionist regime of Israel.

The day is seen as the legacy of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Imam Khomeini, who officially declared the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan as International Quds Day back in 1979.