Iran asks Muslim countries to designate Israel army as 'terrorist organisation'

Iran asks Muslim countries to designate Israel army as 'terrorist organisation'
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12 November, 2023
Speaking at a joint summit of the Arab League and the OIC in Riyadh, Iran has said that Muslim countries should designate Israel's army as a terrorist organisation.
Raisi made the comments in his first ever trip to Saudi since rapprochement between Tehran and Riyadh [Getty]

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called Saturday on Islamic governments to designate Israel's military a "terrorist organisation", citing its current war on the Gaza Strip.

"Islamic governments should designate the army of the occupying and aggressor regime as a terrorist organisation," Raisi told a summit of Arab and Muslim leaders in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The emergency meeting of the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) comes after Israel's war on Gaza has so far killed more than 11,000 people, the overwhelming majority of whom are civilians, including over 4500 children, according to Gaza's health ministry.

In his first visit to Riyadh since Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore ties in March, Raisi urged nations that have ties with Israel to sever them and called for greater support for Palestinians.

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He called for "cutting any sort of political or economic relations with the Zionist regime" as important steps to be taken by Islamic countries.

Implementing a "trade boycott against the Zionist regime especially in the energy field should be prioritised," he added.

The Iranian president, whose country is a supporter of Hamas militants, hit out at the United States for providing financial and military support to Israel.

"Both the war machine of the Zionist regime and its fuel belong to the Americans," he said, adding that "undoubtedly, the US government is the commander and the main accomplice of this crime."