Iran Condemns Arab League's Statement on Trio Islands
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday 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 on Sunday 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.
"This (Arab League) statement is a clear instance of interfering in Iran's internal affairs and we strongly condem such claims," Qassemi said.
Qassemi's remarks came in reaction to the closing statement of the 146th Foreign Ministerial Meeting of the Arab League held recently in Cairo.
"The contents of the Arab League's statement are driven by political tendencies and a lack of understanding of historical facts and realities," he added.
Qassemi warned that such unwise remarks will only deepen the existing gaps among the regional countries.
He also underlined Iran’s policies towards the Persian Gulf littoral countries are centered on respect for cordial and friendly ties, promotion of mutual respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
Qassemi noted that Iran's foreign policy is based on non-interference in other countries' affairs and mutual respect, and said, "Tehran believes in non-interference in other countries' affairs and heed for historical and legal facts and realities under the current sensitive situation of the region."
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.