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Iranian lawmaker rejects UAE call for talks over islands

8 December 2012 15:58

An Iranian lawmaker has brushed off the UAE’s call for talks with the Islamic Republic about the Iranian islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf, saying Iran does not negotiate its sovereignty.

“Negotiating this issue is out of the question and Iran will not hold talks with the UAE about its (Iranian) soil,” member of the Majlis (parliament) Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Ebrahim Aqa-Mohammadi told ISNA on Saturday.

He added that the US and Western countries use the UAE as a tool in their hands whenever they seek to mount pressure on Iran.

The Iranian legislator warned the UAE officials not to become a plaything in the hands of the US and its Western allies.

He emphasized that the Emirati officials’ claims would bear no fruit, saying that the three islands belong to Iran based on historical facts.

On November 29, Minister of State for the Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirate (UAE) Anwar Mohammed Gargash claimed that the three islands belonged to the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid baseless claims to the islands.

This comes as the islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa have historically been part of Iran, the 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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