Iran opposes Israeli-Palestinian talks
Chief Palesinian negotiator Saeeb Erakat (L) and one of his deputy wait for US Secretary of State John Kerry before his meeting with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on July 19, 2013 at the Mukataa compound, in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Kerry flew by helicopter to the West Bank from Jordan to meet Abbas as he battled to salvage his Middle East peace bid.( FADI AROURI/AFP/Getty Images)
Iran Sunday expressed its opposition to upcoming US-organized peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.
Iranian media quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi as saying that "it is certain that the occupying Zionist regime will utterly not agree to withdraw from the occupied lands".
Mr Araqchi suggested that a plan acceptable to the Iranians would result in "the end of occupation... self-determination for the Palestinians, the return of all refugees to their ancestral land, and the creation of an integrated Palestine with Al-Quds-Jerusalem- as its capital".
"Past experience shows that the occupying Zionist regime is basically not ready to pay the price for peace since war mongering and occupation lie at its very core", said Mr Araqchi.
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