14 September 2017 - 23:20
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Rasa - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the recent allegations raised by the Arab League about Iran's three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

RNA - Qassemi made the remarks on Wednesday in reaction to the final statement of the 146th Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting in Cairo on the Iranian islands Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.

 

He seriously condemned taking such stances which is caused by political purposes and lack of understanding historical realities, stressing that such thoughtless stances will create more gaps among the regional countries.

 

Qassemi also rejected Kuwait representative's baseless allegations against Iran, saying that repetition of such outdated allegations is aimed at distracting public attention from realities. 

 

"The released statement is the clear indication of interference in internal affairs of other countries," he added.

 

Qassemi reiterated that theIslamic Republic of Iran's principled policy towards Persian Gulf Littoral States is to have good neighborly relations, mutual respect, non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and paying attention to historical and legal realities. 

 

International documents clearly show that the three islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa which were historically owned by Iran, temporarily fell to British control in 1903. The islands were returned to Iran based on an agreement in 1971 before the UAE was born.

 

Iran has repeatedly declared that its ownership of the three islands is unquestionable.

 

Under international law, no state can defy any agreement, which came into being before its establishment.

 

Yet, the UAE continues to make territorial claims against the Islamic Republic despite historical evidence and international regulations.

 

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