News ID: 274936
Published: 0257 GMT September 30, 2020

Iran rejects UAE claims, reasserts sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands

Iran rejects UAE claims, reasserts sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands

Iran dismissed claims made by the UAE’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan about three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, saying such “groundless” comments would not change anything about Iran’s sovereignty over them.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks in a statement released on Wednesday, wrote.

The Emirati FM had made the claims on Tuesday in a session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

“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 [defending its] territorial integrity, and clearly is not related to any foreign government,” the spokesperson added.

“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 internal affairs of a number of countries and its active participation in warmongering, saying Abu Dhabi’s agreement on normalization of ties with the usurper, belligerent and crisis-creating Zionist regime has in fact turned the UAE into part of the crisis in the West Asia region.

In an address to the general debate of the 75th Session of the UNGA on Tuesday, Nahyan rehashed his country’s previous position, claiming that his country has legitimate right of sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands and alleging that Iran has occupied the islands in violation of international law and the UN Charter.



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