Last Updated: 2012-08-30
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TEHRAN, Aug 30 (NNN-FNA) -- Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi has underlined his government's special attention to the issue of Palestine, and asked the United Nations to recognize an independent Palestinian state.

"The independent Palestinian government should be recognized at the UN," Morsi said, addressing participants in the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit here Thursday.

Morsi reiterated that the Palestinian nation should be able to establish an independent government in the Palestinian territories.

He said that Palestine has been a central issue since the beginning of the establishment of the Non-Aligned Movement, adding that Cairo will continue paying special attention to the issue in future.

The 16th heads-of-state summit of the NAM started work here on Thursday morning under Iran's presidency, a platform for anti-Western sentiments and grievances over big-power domination.

The meeting was officially inaugurated after an opening speech of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

Ayatollah Khamenei called on NAM member states to pay special attention to the Palestinian issue.

The Leader reminded of the Zionists' bloody occupation of Palestine over six decades ago, and blamed the Zionist regime for waging various wars, massacre and state-sponsored terrorism in the last decades.

He blamed the Western world for supporting and defending the Zionist regime of Israel against the oppressed Palestinian nation.

The Leader further renewed Iran's solution to the Palestinian issue, calling for a "comprehensive referendum to be attended by all the indigenous residents of Palestine, including those refugees who have been away from their motherland for decades to determine the country's fate."