Bahram Qassemi

Spokesman warns Arab rulers against baseless claims on Iran’s trio Islands

FNA- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi blasted the recent claims made by certain Arab rulers against Iran’s ownership of the three islands of the Greater Tunb, the Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf, warning that such allegations would be harmful to them.

“Iran’s position on the trio islands is fully clear and … and the statements made by others will not influence our country’s policies,” Qassemi said on Sunday.

Stressing Iran’s sovereignty over the trio islands, he said, “I advise the Arab rulers that repeating such claims will not benefit them and will only harm them.”

Qassemi underscored that Tehran doesn’t attach much value to such comments.

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.