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06-2022

Iran’s president says Biden’s trip won’t bring ‘security’ to Israel

Iran's president says Biden's trip won't bring 'security' to Israel

Iran has said US President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which begins on Wednesday, will not bring security to Israel, the Islamic republic’s regional archenemy.

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“If the visits of US officials to the countries of the region are to strengthen the position of the Zionist regime and normalize the relations of this regime with some countries, their efforts will not create security for the Zionists in any way,” the president said. Ebrahim Raisi said in a statement, referring to Israel.

Biden’s Middle East trip will take him to Israel on Wednesday, followed by a direct flight to Saudi Arabia on Friday, amid hopes the visit will pave the way for relations between the Jewish state and the Gulf kingdom.

Iran has repeatedly criticized the normalization of ties between the Arab Gulf states and Israel, calling it a “stab in the back” for the Palestinians.

Raisi stressed on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is closely monitoring “all developments” in the region.

“We have repeatedly told those who have brought messages from the Americans that if the slightest move is made against Iran’s territorial integrity, it will be met with our decisive response,” he added.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said Sunday that expanding joint action to counter Tehran would top the agenda during Biden’s visit.

It came after the White House said days earlier that the visit would see discussions on enhancing regional air defense collaboration, particularly with regard to countering Tehran, plans that Iran denounced as a “threat” to its security.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters on Wednesday that the creation of regional coalitions by the United States will not guarantee the security of the region.

“The policy of making groups and blocs and creating military coalitions, especially under the supervision of a non-regional country, will definitely not contribute to security and stability,” he said.

“Security cannot be bought or imported. We believe that creating stability and security in the region can only be achieved through the collective cooperation of the countries in the region, which are the true owners of the region,” added Kanani.

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