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BEIRUT, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian politician on Thursday described proposals put forward by Middle Eastern and European states to end the Gaza conflict as "honey injected with poison" that would not protect Palestinian rights.
Ali Larijani, a major figure in the Islamic Republic and its speaker of parliament, was apparently referring to ideas put forward by Egypt and France to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas, which is backed by Tehran.
"These plans were called plans to deal with massacres in Gaza. Some of these plans were proposed by some of the states in this region and some of them were put forward by some of the European states," Larijani told reporters in Beirut.
"We agree that these proposals do not protect the rights of the Palestinian people. These proposals are proposals ... resembling honey injected with poison," he said after talks with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.