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17:27 | 2013-06-04

Foriegn Policy

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Iran Warns PGCC to Avoid Repeating Baseless Allegations

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Araqchi strongly condemned the recent allegations raised by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) against Iran.

In a statement on Monday, Araqchi categorically denied allegations raised by the PGCC concerning Tehran's interference in the domestic affairs of regional states.

He said the council is unfortunately repeating its "unfounded allegations" against Iran at the same time that some of its member states should be held responsible for intervention in the internal affairs of other countries, such as Syria and Bahrain, and their military and financial support for terrorist groups.

Elsewhere, Araqchi reiterated Iran's sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb, and deplored the interfering stance of the PGCC on the three Persian Gulf islands.

He added that repetition of such claims will never change legal and historical facts, and the three islands are inseparable parts of Iran.

Iranian officials have on many occasions rejected the claims raised by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the three Iranian islands, underlining that such statements are baseless and unfounded.

International documents clearly show that the three islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa which were historically owned by Iran, temporarily fell to British control in 1903. The islands were returned to Iran based on an agreement in 1971 before the UAE was born.

Iran has repeatedly declared that its ownership of the three islands is unquestionable.

Under international law, no state can defy any agreement, which came into being before its establishment.

Yet, the UAE continues to make territorial claims against the Islamic Republic despite historical evidence and international regulations.