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Iranian nation, Armed Forces to make radical change in approach to UAE after Israel deal: Top general

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 16 August 2020 1:37 PM

Iran's highest ranking military commander says the Iranian nation and Armed Forces will make a radical change in their approach to the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi's recent step to normalize relations with Israel.

"Unfortunately, during recent days, we have witnessed the great calamity of reestablishment of ties between the UAE regime and the child-killing regime of Israel, which is regrettable beyond description," Major General Mohammad Baqeri said while speaking in a ceremony in Tehran on Sunday.

"Definitely, the Iranian nation's approach towards this neighboring state (UAE) will fundamentally change [following its deal with Israel] and the Islamic Republic's Armed Forces will also deal with this country on the basis of different calculations," Iran's top general added.

He warned that Iran would not tolerate and would hold the UAE accountable for any possible incident in the Persian Gulf region, which might pose even the slightest threat to the Islamic Republic's national security.

"Under the circumstances that all free-thniking nations in the world express their hatred toward and avoid establishing friendly relations with the Zionist regime, one of the Islamic Republic's neighbors is brazen enough to announce the establishment of ties with this child-killing regime, which is a cause for great regret" Baqeri said.

He emphasized that it is not acceptable for the UAE, as a Muslim and Arab country, to establish political and economic relations with such a regime, which has been violating the first Qiblah of Muslims (a place toward which Muslims pray) and has also displaced, killed and imprisoned the Palestinian people, and make it public.

"We recommend the United Arab Emirate to reconsider this decision before it is too late, and do not continue on a path, which will be detrimental to its own security and the security of the region, because this would be acceptable," the top Iranian commander emphasized.

Israel and the UAE on August 13 reached the deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement apparently brokered by US President Donald Trump.

Under the agreement, Israel has allegedly agreed to "temporarily" suspend applying its own rule to further areas in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to annex.

In a telephone conversation with Islamic Jihad resistance movement Secretary General Ziad al-Nakhala on Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the "treacherous" deal between the Israeli regime and the UAE does not affect the Palestinian resistance against the Tel Aviv regime.

"We are confident that this treacherous move will not impact the resistance of the Palestinian people and the resistance movement," Zarif said.

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