Oct 01, 2020 07:30 UTC
  • Iran says its sovereignty over trio of Persian Gulf islands ‘indubitable’

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has reaffirmed the country’s “indubitable” sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands, dismissing the UAE top diplomat’s “hackneyed” claims about them at the UN General Assembly.

According to Press TV, Sa'eed Khatibzadeh said in a Wednesday statement “Iran’s sovereignty over the Iranian islands of Bu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb is definite and indubitable."

Rejecting the UAE foreign minister’s “groundless” claims about the trio of islands, the spokesman said 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.

“Such comments and the rehash of groundless claims will never impact our country’s sovereignty as they lack any legal value,” he added.

Khatibzadeh made the comments in reaction to the UNGA speech of the UAE’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Ale Nahyan, where he claimed his country has legal right regarding sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands.

Sheikh Abdullah also alleged that Iran has “occupied” the islands in violation of the UN Charter.

The strategically-positioned islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Bu Musa have always been part of Iran, the proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid baseless claims to the islands.

In his Wednesday comments, the Iranian spokesman also lashed out at Abu Dhabi’s “destructive” interference in a number of countries and its active participation in warmongering.

Khatibzadeh said the UAE’s decision to normalize its relations with Israeli usurpers and warmongers has in fact turned Abdu Dhabi into part of the crisis in the West Asia region.

The UAE and Bahrain signed controversial normalization agreements with Israel at the White House on September 15, amid outrage across Palestine and the Muslim world.

Iran has warned that the UAE will be responsible for the consequences of Israel’s presence in the region.