TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iran on Wednesday reiterated its dismissal of claims raised by the UAE foreign minister against three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, saying such "groundless” comments would not change anything about Iran’s sovereignty over the three islands.
"Iran’s sovereignty over the Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb is definite and irrefutable, and all of Iran’s measures have been taken within the framework of exercising its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and clearly have nothing to do with any foreign government,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
"Such comments and repetition of groundless claims have had and would have no impact on our country’s sovereignty, as they lack any legal validity,” Khatibzadeh stated.
He further deplored the UAE’s destructive interference in a number of countries and its active participation in warmongering, saying Abu Dhabi’s agreement on normalization of ties with the usurping, belligerent and crisis-creating Zionist regime of Israel has in fact turned the UAE into part of the crisis in the West Asia region.
The statement came after the UAE’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al told the general debate of the 75th Session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that his country had legal right regarding sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands and that Iran had allegedly occupied the islands in violation of the UN Charter.