Iran ownership of PG islands non-negotiable: Jalili

Presidential candidate Saeed Jalili addresses a group of his supporters in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on June 3, 2013.

Principlist presidential candidate Saeed Jalili has highlighted the importance of Iran’s territorial integrity, saying the country’s sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands will be non-negotiable.

Jalili said Iran would not hold talks with any country over its ownership of the three of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb.

The United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claims to the Iranian islands which have historically been part of Iran.

The islands temporarily fell under British control in the 1800s but were returned to Iran on November 30, 1971 through a legal procedure that preceded the establishment of the UAE as an independent state.

Jalili, who was campaigning in the southern Hormuzgan Province, said the recent victories by the Hezbollah Resistance Movement in Lebanon were inspired by the discourse of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The secretary of the Supreme National Security Council also said that Iran can now deal with enemy threats.

“That explains why they’re trying to foment regional threats and domestic cynicism against the Islamic Republic,” he said.

Jalili is facing six rivals, namely, President of the Expediency Council’s Center for Strategic Research Hassan Rohani, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Secretary of the Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, lawmaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, former Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Velayati, former First Vice President Mohammad-Reza Aref, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi.

The president of Iran is elected for a four-year term in a national election. This year’s election will be held on June 14.

Nearly 50.5 million Iranians are eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election.

By Press TV


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