Iranís Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) speaks during a press conference with his counterpart from South Africa Naledi Pandor in Tehran on October 22, 2023. (Photo by Tasnim news agency)
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian of Iran has once again warned the Israeli regime and its great benefactor, the United States, of the inconceivable consequences of the genocide of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip.
"The region is now a powder keg and any miscalculation, genocide and forced displacement of people in Gaza can have consequences for the region and warmongers alike," Amir-Abdollahian said in a joint press conference with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor in Tehran on Sunday.
In a hasty move, Amir-Abdollahian said, President Joe Biden of the United States traveled to Tel Aviv and defended a regime that is killing civilians and dropping bombs on hospitals and residential areas.
Washington is now involved in a "proxy war" on Gaza, the Iranian foreign minister said.
"I am warning the US and the Zionist regime that there could be any possibility any moment if they do not immediately stop the crimes against humanity in Gaza."
Amir-Abdollahian said warmongers will be the ones to suffer if things spiral out of control.
Israel began the war on Gaza on October 7 following Operation Al-Aqsa Storm launched by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas in response to the regimeís campaign of bloodshed and destruction against Palestinian people.
Israel hits inhabited homes.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, well over 4,700 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 16,000 wounded so far.
President Raeisi to visit South Africa
Elsewhere in the presser, Amir-Abdollahian said Iranís President Ebrahim Raeisi is scheduled to travel to South Africa at the invitation of his counterpart. Documents of cooperation between Iran and South Africa will be signed during the visit.
"Iran and South Africa share views on regional and international issues," the top Iranian diplomat said.
World must act more seriously on Palestine: Pandor
Pandor, for her part, said Palestine is the common ideal of Iran and South Africa. She urged all countries to act with more seriousness in dealing with the injustice toward the Palestinian people.
She said South Africa has always supported Palestine and believes no one should suffer injustice.
Pandor also said Iran and South Africa can improve cooperation in various fields, including energy, digital technology and science.