Iran denounces PGCC claim on Persian Gulf islands as “baseless”

Jaberi Ansari

Repetition of the baseless allegations has no effect on the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari has dismissed as repetitive and unfounded the claims that the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) has recently made about the three Iranian Persian Gulf islands.

In a statement on Friday, Jaberi Ansari reaffirmed Iran’s sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa, stressing that these islands are an indispensable part of the country.

He made the remarks in response to a statement, issued in the 36th session of the PGCC in Riyadh, which claimed that the three islands belong to the United Arab Emirates.

“The repetition of the baseless allegations has no effect on the territorial integrity of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the spokesman said, adding that Tehran considers the claim an “unconstructive stance”.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects any irresponsible remarks about its territorial integrity, and has put friendly relations, non-interference in the internal affairs of (other countries) and mutual respect for territorial integrity of the neighboring countries atop the list of policy priorities,” Jaberi Ansari noted.

The islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa 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.

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Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.

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