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We have a right to self-defence: Iran

On 14 April 2024, the Islamic Republic of Iran’s armed forces carried out a series of military strikes on Israeli’s military bases.

This was in response to, and in exercise of its inherent right of self-defence as recognized under Article 51 of the Charter, against Israel’s recurring military aggressions, resulting in the martyrdom of the Iranian military advisors present in Syria at the invitation of the Syrian government, in particular the 1 April armed attack against diplomatic premises of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Damascus.

The Islamic Republic of Iran reaffirms its commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, while reiterating its determination to forcefully defend its sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interests against any unlawful use of force and aggressions.

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s resort to defensive measures in exercise of its right of self-defence demonstrates Iran’s responsible approach toward regional and international peace and security at a time when the occupying apartheid regime’s pattern of relentless genocidal campaign against Palestinian people is accompanied with repeated military aggressions against neighbouring States and fanning the flames across the region and beyond.

The Islamic Republic of Iran would not hesitate to take further necessary defensive measures to protect its legitimate interests against any act of military aggression or unlawful use of force.

Dr Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iran

Source| NewsDay

https://www.newsday.co.zw/international/article/200025670/we-have-a-right-to-self-defence-iran

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