Iran: Israel to Entangle UAE in Quagmire
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran reiterated sovereignty over the three islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf, and warned the UAE that trusting Israel may drown Abu Dhabi.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not take permission from anyone to do anything at its borders and territories on the three islands. The three islands of Iran in the Persian Gulf have no doubt always belonged to Iran, and these statements do not entitle anyone to any rights and do not affect the exercise of Iranian sovereignty,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh
He blasted Israel for hatching plots against the regional states, and said, “The Zionist regime is in a low and is trying to drown everyone else while it is drowning. I hope that the UAE and its current government will not be submerged by this regime.”
The Iranian foreign ministry had also last week blasted the UAE for repeating its baseless territorial claims, describing the three islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf as inseparable parts of Iran.
“Iran's sovereignty right over the Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb is ultimate and unquestionable, and all of Iran's actions have been carried out within the framework of implementing its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and are obviously not related to any foreign government,” Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday.
His remarks came after UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday repeated the country’s baseless claims on the three Iranian islands.
Khatibzadeh said that such statements and repetition of baseless claims will not affect the sovereignty right of our country as they lack legal value.
He also blasted the UAE for its destructive interference in a number of countries and active collaboration in war against the regional states, and said that the normalization pact with Israel has actually turned the UAE into a part of the crisis in the West Asia region.
Iran has repeatedly rejected claims by the United Arab Emirates about the three Iranian islands, saying that they are “inseparable” part of Iran.
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 also 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.