Iran denounces G7 call to stop its support for Hamas

Iran has firmly dismissed a G7 communique urging Tehran to cease its backing of Hamas operatives and actions that contribute to the instability in the Middle East. The G7, comprised of the world’s leading economies, convened in Tokyo and highlighted their advocacy for humanitarian truces and safe passages amid the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

This rebuttal from Tehran arrived subsequent to the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting where they aligned in support of measures aimed at easing the hostilities in Gaza. The region has been subjected to intensive Israeli air raids subsequent to the incursion by Hamas militants on the 7th of October, which resulted in significant civilian casualties and the capture of hostages, as stated by Israeli authorities.

The Israeli countermeasures in Gaza have led to a substantial number of deaths, with a disproportionate impact on women and children, as reported by the health ministry controlled by Hamas. Furthermore, the G7’s appeal to Iran encompassed a broader scope, urging restraint in its support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and other similar entities.

In a strong response on Thursday, the spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry, Nasser Kanani, repudiated the G7’s declaration. He criticized the group—which includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Italy, France, and Japan—for not fulfilling what he deemed their international duty to denounce the actions of Israel that contravene human rights and international law in Gaza.

Despite backing Hamas both financially and militarily, Iran has praised the militant group’s offensive against Israel as a “success” while refuting any direct involvement. President Ebrahim Raisi has stated Iran’s commitment to support resistance factions and maintains that these groups operate autonomously. Iran, which does not recognize Israel’s statehood, has consistently underscored its solidarity with the Palestinian cause as a fundamental aspect of its foreign policy since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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