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First Conference

The first pro-Palestine conference was held in Tehran under the title “International Conference on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine” in support of the first Palestinian Intifada and simultaneously with the Madrid Peace Conference in the final year in office of the 3rd Islamic Parliament of Iran and two days after Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued an important statement about the Madrid Conference.

The Tehran conference was opened on Saturday, October 12, 1991 at the Islamic Parliament of Iran with the recitation of verses from the Noble Quran, playing of the national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran and praising five years of Intifada and incessant resistance by the Palestinians against Zionist occupiers. After that, the participants met with Ayatollah Khamenei and heard his influential and revelatory remarks about the persistence of Intifada and the objective of compromisers.

At the inauguration of the conference, then President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani expressed the Islamic Republic of Iran’s viewpoints and positions about the Palestinian Intifada and the process of compromise. The secretary general of the conference, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, presented a report about the organization of the conference and its objectives.

In the afternoon of the first day, the General Assembly of the Conference held a meeting at Esteqlal Hotel of Tehran with the presence of parliamentary speakers and MPs from Muslim states, representatives of Palestinian parties and groups, as well as revolutionary, political, cultural and scientific figures from 49 countries. Mehdi Karroubi, then speaker of Iran’s parliament, was elected chairman of the Conference.

During the two following days, parliamentary speakers, MPs and other participants expressed their views about the oppression of the Palestinian people, hailing Intifada and how to support this movement.

On the final day of the Conference, based on the views of the participants, the final communiqué of the International Conference on the Islamic Revolution’s Support for People of Palestine” was issued.

In the 28-point communiqué, the participants while reiterating the necessity of all-out support for Intifada and working out practical mechanisms for supporting the heroic resistance of the Muslim Palestinians, heaped praise on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution for his valuable attention to and wise guidelines on the issue of Palestine, and endorsed Ayatollah Khamenei’s address to the Conference as well as his October 17, 1991 message as two official documents of the Conference.

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