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Iran protests to EU Council of Ministers against Middle East stance

Tehran, July 20, IRNA-Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Israel is committing state terrorism by massacring defenseless civilians in Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Lebanon and criticized European Council of Ministers for its negligence of the war crimes the occupying regime has perpetrated in the past four weeks running.

"The European Union is expected to respect human rights and its ethical and humanitarian obligation without discrimination in dealing with Israeli trampling on international law," Foreign Ministry said protesting a statement the European Council of Ministers released on July 17.

Iranian Foreign Ministry regretted that the European Council of Ministers was giving green light to the occupying regime of Israel to continue its genocide against innocent women, children and men living in Palestine and Lebanon.

"It goes without saying that the biased statement from the European Council of Minister will not serve to promote the status of the body before the world public opinion.

"Overlooking the more than 10,000 Palestinian and Lebanese prisoners in the territories occupied by the Zionist regime, some of them for almost 20 years, has emboldened Israel to commit illegal actions against the democratically-elected government of Palestine," it said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry lambasted the European Union for 'imposing economic sanctions against the Palestinian government as being in line with the Israeli goal to topple the democratically elected government'.

Citing Israeli state terrorism, the Foreign Ministry said that Israel was engaged in kidnapping government officials of Palestine, members of Palestinian parliament and mayors of Palestinian cities.

"The EU can undertake its role in the Middle East only if it adopts a fair attitude to the human plight.

"The EU should learn lessons from US failure in biased policy and its neglect for human rights violation in the Middle East which downgraded it before the world public opinion," Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

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