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Iranian–Palestinian relations    
A street named Palestine in Iranian city of Nishapur

The Islamic Republic of Iran officially endorses the creation of a Palestinian state, regarding Palestine as a state. Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, rejects a two-state solution and implies that Palestine is inseparable, while Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for a free referendum for the entire Palestinian population, including Arab citizens of Israel, to determine the type of government in the future Palestinian state,[1] while reiterating that establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel would "never mean an endorsement of the Israeli occupation".[2]

Prior to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) held close ties with Iranian opposition groups. Following the revolution, Iran ended its alliance with Israel and started supporting the Palestinians, symbolized by turning over the Israeli embassy in Tehran to the Palestine Liberation Organization.[3]

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