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Iran protests to UAE over mistreatment of Iranians

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA - United Arab Emirates envoy was summoned to Foreign Ministry on Monday to hear Iranian protest over mistreatment of Iranians in the country.

UAE charge d'affaires was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in absence of the ambassador to hear the protest.

Director General for Iranian nationals affairs overseas Mohammad Javad Rassouli summoned the UAE's charge d'affaires and voiced Iran's strong protest over the issue.

UAE has insulted Iranian nationals and created unusual obstacles for them as well as illegal arrest of some Iranians in the country, he said.

UAE's charge d'affaires, for his part, referred to friendly and brotherly ties between the two countries and promised to convey the protest to his country's officials to help resolve the issue as soon as possible.

Iran calls for talks to solve UAE misunderstanding on islands

Tehran, Sept 1, IRNA - Negotiations are the best way to solve misunderstanding of the United Arab Emirates over the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hassan Qashqavi, said on Monday.

He made the remarks during his weekly press conference while commenting on a report that said the United Arab Emirates' has taken the issue of misunderstanding to the International Criminal Court.

Dismissing the UAE claim over the ownership of the three Iranian islands of Abu Moussa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs in the Persian Gulf, he said they are inseparable parts of the Iranian territory based on historic documents.

"Iran welcomes any measures taken to solve the issue," Qashqavi said adding that other regional states are also involved in similar debates and "that is not something new."

"There is no need to publicize such issues while they can easily be solved through bilateral talks," Qashqavi said.

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