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PGCC reiterates support for UAE claims on Iran's islands

Riyadh, May 28, IRNA-Persian Gulf Cooperation Council reiterated Saturday its support for United Arab Emirates (UAE) Claims over Iran's Persian Gulf islands.

The 7th PGCC advisory meeting ended Saturday afternoon amid concerns over the health of Saudi Arabian King Fahd without issuing a resolution.

The PGCC secretariat quoted the secretary general of the PGCC in a press release that the council reiterates its support for UAE sovereignty over the islands.

The council also invited Iran to resolve the issue by either holding direct dialogue between the two parties or sending the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for intermediation.

Tehran has on previous occasions reiterated 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 here earlier in March.

The official also chided the UAE 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 UAE 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 ICJ, contending that it is a closed case, which has been brought up once at the arbitration body and seen the two countries sign an MoU in 1971.

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 following several exchange of high-ranking visits between the two countries.

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