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Iran pans Biden’s Mideast trip, says it won’t bring security to Israel

President Raisi warns any move against Iran’s territorial integrity will elicit a response; Hamas calls US president’s visit ‘support for occupation’

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi attends the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 29, 2022. (Kremlin Press Service via AP)
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi attends the summit of Caspian Sea littoral states in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, June 29, 2022. (Kremlin Press Service via AP)

Iran says US President Joe Biden’s trip to the Middle East, which started on Wednesday, will not bring about security for Israel.

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

Palestinian terror group Hamas also criticized Biden’s trip, saying in a statement that the “visit to the Zionist entity represents a bias and support for the occupation, and a failed attempt to integrate it into the region,” the Al-Mayadeen news network reported.

Biden’s Middle East trip will take him to Israel on Wednesday, with a visit to the Palestinian Authority followed by a direct flight to Saudi Arabia on Friday, amid hopes that the visit will herald a warming of the relations between the Jewish state and the Gulf kingdom.

Iran, whose regime seeks Israel’s elemination, has repeatedly criticized the normalization of ties between Gulf Arab states and Israel, calling it “a stab in the back” to the Palestinians.

Raisi on Wednesday emphasized that the Islamic Republic is closely monitoring “all of the 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.

Prime Minister Yair Lapid (L) greets US President Joe Biden upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport in Lod near Tel Aviv, on July 13, 2022. (MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Greeting Biden on the tarmac Wednesday, Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the two leaders will “discuss building a new security and economy architecture with the nations of the Middle East, following the Abraham Accords and the achievements of the Negev Summit.”

The prime minister said he will discuss with Biden “the need to renew a strong global coalition that will stop the Iranian nuclear program.”

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

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

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told reporters earlier on Wednesday that the creation of regional coalitions by the US will not ensure security for 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 is neither purchasable nor importable. We believe that creating stability and security in the region can only be achieved through the collective cooperation of regional countries, which are the true owners of the region,” Kanani added.

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