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Iran rules out taking territorial dispute with UAE to UN

Tehran, May 7, IRNA-Tehran reiterated Saturday its sovereignty over the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, dismissing the UAE's request to take the 'misunderstanding' to the UN Security Council for arbitration.

"The three islands of Abu Moussa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs are inseparable part of the Iranian territory and any claim in this regard is rejected," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said.

The official also chided the Emirati government for seeking to take the issue to the UN Security Council, saying, "The efforts by the United Arab Emirates to raise the issue at regional and international circles is unwise.

"The Emirati government had better work on bolstering regional cooperation and convergence in order to serve the interests of regional countries and their people and strengthen stability and security in this vital region," he said.

Asefi also urged the UAE to 'avoid stoking up controversial issues at a time when the Persian Gulf region needs tranquility and peace for progress and prosperity'.

The official touched on a raft of negotiations held between Iran and the UAE, saying that 'the only way to remove existing insignificant misunderstanding over the Iranian island of Abu Moussa is (to continue) bilateral dialogue in an amicable atmosphere far from controversies and propaganda'.

Iran has already rejected the settling of the issue at the International Court of Justice, contending that it is a case dismissed, which has been brought up once at the arbitration body and seen the two countries sign an MoU in 1971.

Last May, the Islamic Republic warned the European Union to stay clear of the issue following a joint meeting between the EU and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) in Brussels.

In that meeting, the European bloc had lend its weight to the PGCC to refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice'.

The PGCC groups Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Ties between Iran and the UAE have seen remarkable improvement in their diplomatic ties in recent years on the back of several exchange of high-ranking visits between the two countries.

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