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Second Conference; Tehran, April 24-25, 2001

The second conference in support of Palestine was held under the title “International Conference on Supporting Palestinian Intifada” in Tehran during the final days of the first year in office of the 6th Islamic Parliament of Iran.

The significance of this conference stemmed from the Israeli embarrassing withdrawal from south Lebanon in 2000, which the Palestinian Intifada movement considered a big victory of its own.  

The two-day conference kicked off on April 24, 2001 after recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and the playing of the national anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with a hope-inspiring and guidance-endowed speech by the Supreme Leader.

In his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei extolled the heroic resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist mercenaries’ savage crimes and reiterated the Islamic Republic of Iran’s firm and continued support for the Intifada and the resistance of the Palestinian people. The Supreme Leader also emphasized the realization of divine promise regarding the final victory of the oppressed and the defeat of the Zionist regime and its supporters and allies.

The inauguration of the conference ended with a speech by then president Mohammad Khatami, presentation of a report by the Secretary General of the Conference on the performance of Secretariat and following up on the decisions of the first Conference.

Then, participants in the conference – including parliamentary speakers and delegates from national and advisory assemblies, leaders and representatives of different Palestinian groups, scientific, cultural and political figures and pundits from different countries elected Mehdi Karroubi, speaker of Iran’s parliament, as Chairman of the Conference.

At the end of the two-day Conference, the final communiqué of the Conference, summing up views of participants, was adopted as the closing statement in 20 points.

In the communiqué, the participants paid tribute to the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the late Imam Khomeini, who pioneered a firm strategy against the Zionist entity and called for the revival of International Quds Day to be marked on the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan every year.

The Conference also praised efforts and positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, under leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, and approved his historic and strategic speech at the inauguration of the conference as an official document.

The communiqué also underscored support for the Palestinian nation’s right for forming an independent Palestinian state with holy al-Quds as its capital, and announced the establishment of the “International Association of MPs Supporting the Issue of Palestine” as a non-government organization bringing together former and current MPs. The final statement also stressed the need for the establishment of a permanent secretariat to follow up on the conclusions and recommendations of the Conference.


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