June 23, 2019 / 1:49 PM / a year ago

U.S. Mideast plan to boost Palestinian resistance - Iran parliament head

FILE PHOTO - Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani speaks during a news conference in Beirut December 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran’s parliament speaker said on Sunday a U.S. Middle East peace plan was “toying with a nation’s dignity” and would lead to stronger resistance against Israel by Palestinian militant groups, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump has dubbed the plan “deal of the century”. As part of the plan, a U.S.-led conference will be held next week in Bahrain on proposals for major investments in the Palestinian economy.

“Trump wants to make a deal on the fate of the Palestinian people. While toying with a nation’s dignity is scandalous, this will strengthen resistance movements as Palestinians realise that they can only succeed through resistance,” said Ali Larijani, quoted by IRNA.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom, editing by Louise Heavens

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