The 6th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada; Tehran, February: 21-22, 2017
The conference had a total of 823 guests, including 21 official delegations headed by speakers of parliament. There were also 10 delegations led by vice-speakers and nine others headed by parliamentary chairs of foreign policy and national security committees.
The guests were divided into five categories: official delegates invited by the Islamic Parliament of Iran, leaders of Palestinian resistance groups, NGOs, Palestine cause supporters and pro-Palestine journalists.
The conference started with a speech by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. Besides foreign guests, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, head of judiciary Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, speaker of parliament Ali Larijani and senior state and military officials were present.
Ayatollah Khamenei's speech was centered on the strategy of resistance.
Reiterating the necessity of keeping Palestine's resistance groups from being dragged into tribal and religious conflicts and infightings in other countries, Ayatollah Khamenei said: "All Islamic and national currents are required to plead the Palestinian cause and the depth of the Islamic Republic's relations with resistance groups only depend on their commitment to the principle of resistance."
Ayatollah Khamenei also highlighted the brilliant and honorable achievements of the resistance movement in grounding the Zionist regime and referring to the fallacy of former plans for "reconciliation" and recent efforts by false friends who are seeking to deviate the resistance movement and the intifada from its correct path through backyard deals with enemies, he said: "The Resistance is smart enough not to fall in this trap and the God willing the third intifada will inflict another defeat on the usurping regime and efforts for the liberation of Palestine must be the pivot of unity among all Muslim and freedom-seeking nations."
The Supreme Leader said that ill-wishers were trying to overshadow the issue of Palestine in order to reduce its significance, adding: "Despite differences between Muslim countries, somewhat natural and somewhat conspiracy of enemies or out of negligence, Palestine can and must be the pivot of unity for all of them."
Ayatollah Khamenei said that a major achievement of the conference on the Palestinian intifada was insistence on the top priority of the Muslim world and freedom-seekers in the world, i.e. the issue of Palestine, and creation of an atmosphere of empathy for realizing the lofty objective of supporting Palestinian people and their rightful and just combats.
"Never should we neglectful of the significance of political support for the Palestinian people as this issue is of special priority in today's world, and Muslim and freedom-seeking nations, of any affiliation and taste, can come together for the same objective, i.e. Palestine and the necessity to make efforts for its liberation," he added.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted: "If a group puts down the flag of resistance another group will definitely be born out of the Palestinian nation to raise the flag."
The general meetings of the conference started after Ayatollah Khamenei's speech. Moreover, specialized meetings were held within the framework of the five political, parliamentary, jihadi group, youth and NGO committees.
Iran's president, judiciary chief and parliament speaker addressed the conference.
The conference wrapped up with a final communiqué which had been drawn up in 24 articles.
The closing statement heaped praise on the Islamic Republic of Iran for hosting the event and registered Ayatollah Khamenei's speech which was centered on the issue of Palestine as the official document of the conference.
The statement reiterated the persistence of the Palestinian resistance as the only option for the realization of the Palestinian nation's legitimate rights for the full liberation of the country. It also underscored the need for unity among Muslim states against the Zionist regime and its allies.