Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at the United States for growing closer to the "Zionist regime" in Israel and told reporters in Istanbul on Friday that Muslims across the globe hate America more than ever under President Donald Trump's leadership, according to regional reports.
"The Zionists and the Americans are seeking to distract the attention of the Islamic world from Palestine to other issues and to this end they create crises everyday in the Muslim world," Rouhani was quoted as saying ahead of an Arab summit meeting with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
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Rouhani slammed the United States for relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and said America is hated more than ever by the Muslim world.
"The U.S. is more inferior than ever in the Muslim world," Rouhani said, adding that Iran will continue to back Palestinian protestors and rioters in their efforts to destroy Israel.
"The relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds is illegal and contrary to international laws and regulations," Rouhani said, blaming the United States for violent protests along Israel's border led by the Hamas terror group, an ally of Iran's. "This move has undoubtedly provoked the anger and protests across Muslim world."
Rouhani said Muslim nations participating in the summit will issue a "strongly worded resolution" condemning the United States' embassy relocation.