• Tue / 28 September 2021 / 13:52
  • Category: Politics
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Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb, Greater Tunb islands inseparable part of Iranian territory, any claim to the contrary rejected

Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb, Greater Tunb islands inseparable part of Iranian territory, any claim to the contrary rejected

Tehran (ISNA) - Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations stressed that three islands of Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb have been an inseparable part of Iranian territory and, therefore, any claim to the contrary is categorically rejected.

The second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Payman Ghadirkhomi made the remarks in response to unfounded claims by the representative of the United Arab Emirates against the territorial integrity of Iran at the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

Here is the full text of Payman Ghadirkhomi’s statement:

Mr. President;

I would like to respond to the unfounded claims made by the representative of the United Arab Emirates against the territorial integrity of my country over the Iranian islands of Abu Musa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb.

The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates its consistent and principled position that it does not recognize the existence of any such dispute between Iran and the UAE.

The three islands have been an inseparable part of Iranian territory and, therefore, any claim to the contrary is categorically rejected.

Nonetheless, and to show its utmost respect for the principle of good neighborliness, Iran has always expressed its readiness to talk with the UAE bilaterally with a view to removing any misunderstanding that may exist on the part of the UAE over Abu Musa Island.

The representative of the United Arab Emirates should also be reminded that the term “Persian Gulf” has been the correct appellation for the body of water situated between the Arabian peninsula and the Iranian plateau since 500 B.C., and will remain so forever.

I thank you, Mr. President.

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