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Tit-for-tat with UAE nationals entering Iran necessary: MP

Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA - A member of Islamic Majlis' National Security and Foreign Policy Commission here Friday objecting to UAE customs officials' mistreatment of Iranian visitors at their airports proposed treating the Emirati nationals entering Iran the same way, as a bare necessity.

Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh added in an interview with IRNA, "We had initially assumed that inappropriate treatment of the Iranian tourists was a limited case aimed at certain individuals, but since the sick practice has become a norm for them, treating their nationals the same way is today a necessity."

Falahatpisheh emphasized that the Parliament is sensitive about the matter, adding, "The IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs is obliged to support the Iranian nationals and visitors through its consular facilities there and to confront the Emirates' move resorting to international conventions."

The Eslamabad-e-Qarb Constituency representative at Majlis said that Iran's relations with UAE is a one way relation, adding, "Under the current conditions the UAE nationals are gaining maximum commercial and tourism benefits from the Iranians, but in return they are insulting our nationals maximally."

The MP emphasized, "Our people have not forgotten the days when UAE sheikhs and officials used to wait many days in southern cities of our country before getting a chance to visit an Iranian official."

The National Security and Foreign Policy Commission member of Majlis reiterated, "The Iranians' enthusiasm for working and having commercial relations with Emirates have made them assume their insults would result in no reaction on the side of Iran, but I have to say that many concerns need to be put aside today, since the national prestige of our ancient country is at stake, due to the shameful conduct of a country whose age is hardly three decades."

UAE Sheikh's response beyond diplomatic etiquette - analyst

Tehran, Dec 5, IRNA - Head of London-based EuroCivic Research Foundation said Friday insulting response of Emirati Sheikh to IRI President's letter of congratulation on their national day was beyond plomatic etiquette.

Dr. Parviz Mojtahedzdeh added in an interview with IRNA Political Desk reporter, "We rarely, if ever, find a case in history when in response to the kind letter of a head of a country, and a well wishing congratulation message, the receiver of the message would respond impolitely."

The university professor said, "Normally the response to such letters is a reciprocal appreciation."

Sheikh Khalifa bin-Zayed ale-Nahyan in his address on the occasion of the UAE National Day expressed sorrow regarding Iran's moves in the three ever-Iranian islands, irresponsibility accusing the Iranian officials of trying to change the status of those islands.

He claimed, "The UAE government considers its right to take back its three islands among its political priorities, believing that direct and bilateral talks with Iranian officials aimed at materializing this right through peaceful ways is necessary."

Regarding UAE claims on the Iranian islands, Mojtahedzdeh said, "We are one more time witness to moves proving that that country is not committed to respecting the rules for friendly cooperation with Iran."

The head of EuroCivic Foundation reiterated, "That is while Iran has many times announced its readiness for entering a new phase of constructive cooperation with the Persian Gulf littoral countries, having proved its good will also in practice for quite a while."

He added, "Yet, under such conditions, and every once in a blue moon, harsh and enmious responses beyond diplomatic etiquette are unfortunately received from Emirates."

Mojtahedzdeh said, "It has been proved for us, and for the entire world, that some countries in the Persian Gulf region, and particularly the UAE, have been acting enchanted by the West, and beyond doubt Bush, Chenney, and Blair have in their numerous visits of the region intrigued Emirates openly and overtly."

The international affairs analyst meanwhile referred to the backing and intrigues received in Dubai from Tel Aviv in that respect, adding, "Some countries have responded well to such general and public intrigues, having taken steps in line with them."

Mojtahedzdeh considered the three Iranian islands' case an issue needless of discussion, emphasizing, "No such dispute exists." Elaborating the short history of the islands in question in the always Persian Gulf, he said, "In accordance with definite, legal, and undeniable documents, the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Moussa islands have always been inseparable parts of Iran."

The geo-political analyst added, "The British government decided in 1903 to rob the three islands from Iran in the course of a well documented plot and to register them in the name of the Sharjah sheikhs, but Iran's 68-year objection to the illegal move bore fruit in the year 1971, when the British government returned the islands to Iran in accordance with an agreement whose documents are kept at the UN."

He said, "There is no problem that any one would be needed for solving it, and of course no country in the world, including the Arab countries, have not supported that illegal claim."

Dr. Mojtahedzdeh reiterated, "There is no such problem as the three islands' dispute, since the British-made problem was solved for good in 1971."

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