Iranian Foreign Minister, Hussein Amirabdollahian has made a surprise trip to the U.S. prompted by the conflict in Gaza, his ministry said on Thursday.
Visits by top Iranian officials to the U.S., considered an arch-enemy of the Islamic Republic, are rare.
Chief diplomat Amirabdollahian arrived in New York late on Wednesday evening, according to Iran’s Foreign Ministry.
According to the statement, the minister wants to support the interests of the Palestinians at a UN meeting.
Israel has pounded the Hamas-run Gaza Strip with airstrikes after the October 7 massacres in southern Israeli border towns which left 1,400 people dead, most of them civilians.
Since then, there have also been exchanges of fire on the border between Israel and Lebanon, with deaths resulting on both sides.
Israel and the U. S. have warned Hezbollah, which is supported by Iran, not to open a second front in the war.
Iranian leaders praised the Hamas attacks on Israel, but denied direct complicity. (dpa/NAN)