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There is consensus in Iran over illegitimate nature of Israel: FM Spokesman


Tehran, Aug 12, IRNA - Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said on Tuesday that Iranian officials unanimously believe that Israel is an illegitimate regime.

Qashqavi made the remarks in his weekly press briefing in response to a question posed on friendship between the Iranian nation and people of Israel.

The question was put forward in reaction to a statement made by the head of Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei that Iranians are friendly to all nations including the Americans and the Israeli Jews.

Mashaei was conveying the humanitarian attitude of the Iranian nation said that the friendship with the Jewish people has nothing to do with the usurper regime of Tel Aviv.

CHTHO chief to explain about controversial remarks: MP

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - The Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) director Esfandiar Rahim Mashaii will attend parliament on Wednesday to explain reasons for claiming 'friendship' with the 'Israeli people'.

"Today, the members of the cultural committee reviewed Mashaii's recent remarks especially on Iran's friendship with Israeli people. So, we decided to invite head of the cultural heritage organization to explain the reasons for such remarks," Jalal Yahya Zadeh of the Majlis cultural committee told the Mehr News Agency on Tuesday.

Mashaii had earlier said, "Iran is friends with the Israeli people" in stark contrast to Iran's stance on the Zionist regime.

He has also described the people of the United States as "one of the best nations in the world".


"Today, Iran is friends with the American and Israeli people. No nation in the world is our enemy, this is an honor," Mashaii had stated.


Yahya Zadeh pointed out the committee will announce its position on the issue after having heard Mashaii's justifications.

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