Iran condemns Arab League’s statement on Iranian islands in Persian Gulf

 Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

Press TV -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has strongly condemned a recent statement by the Arab League, supporting the United Arab Emirates’ claims regarding three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf.

“The islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb are an inseparable part of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Mehmanparast said on Wednesday, Fars News Agency reported.
On Tuesday, Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli read a statement, released at the 24th Arab League summit in the Qatari capital Doha, advocating the unfounded claims laid by the UAE about the three Iranian islands.
The islands have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found 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 claim to the islands.
The islands temporarily fell under British control in the 1800s but were returned to Iran on November 30, 1971 through a legal procedure that preceded the establishment of the UAE as an independent state.

Fars NA -(Thu Mar 28, 2013) FM Raps Arab League for Interfering Remarks on Iranian Islands

The Iranian Foreign Ministry lashed out at the Arab League for its recent interfering statement on the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb.
On Tuesday at the 24th Arab League summit in the Qatari capital of Doha, Arab League Deputy Secretary General Ahmed Ben Helli read a statement advocating the unfounded claims laid by the United Arab Emirates about the three Iranian islands.
“The islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb are inseparable parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said on Wednesday.
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.

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