Iran action threatens security, peace

The occupation of the three UAE Islands; the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa by Iran could affect the international security and peace as the three Islands are located at the strategic zone, Shaikh Abdullah said

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Published: Mon 16 Apr 2012, 9:42 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 12:58 PM

ABU DHABI - Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister has said that the occupation of the three UAE Islands; the Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mousa by Iran could affect the international security and peace as the three Islands are located at the strategic zone, and 40 per cent of the world’s energy passes there.

“I call upon Iran to listen to voice of reason and put an end to the standoff whose repercussions could not be contained by either the UAE or Iran in future”, he added.

Shaikh Abdullah said at a press conference held here today at the Ministry with Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Krishna, at the conclusion of 10th UAE-India’s Joint Committee that “We in the UAE are serious to settle the dispute about the UAE Islands occupied by Iran. But due to the internal Iranian issues, among others, drop of Iranian currency and economy, avoiding tackling of the European and world stance, Iran seems resolved to export its concerns to a marginal issue. It is with regret that a Muslim and neighbour country with civilisation and traditions behaves in such a manner. It is supposed to behave rationally and not to project its internal concerns abroad. In this case consequences can be dangerous.”

He added that Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, State Minister for Foreign Affairs summoned yesterday Iranian Ambassador to UAE and handed him a strong protest memo over the visit of Iranian President Ahmedinejad to the UAE occupied Island of Abu Mousa.

He added that the UAE deems the visit an infringement to the truce.

The UAE FM stressed that the conduct of Iran depicts that it does not heed repetitive initiatives to resolve the issue and put an end to the occupation of the three UAE Islands either through dialogue or the International Court of Justice or United Nations Security Council.

“I request Iranian brothers to ease tension and return to the negotiation table with specified scheduled and clear agenda whose resolutions will be clear. The occupation of the UAE Islands by a neighbour over the last 40 years had culminated in great disappointment”, Sheikh Abdullah remarked.

He underlined that the issue could not be left unresolved as it could jeopardise the international security and peace, indicating that it could not be seen only as an issue between the UAE and Iran.

In reply to a question on stance of India over the visit of Iranian President to the UAE’s occupied Island, the Indian FM said “ we read about the visit on newspapers, and we are closely following up the issue in this respect.”

Regarding the joint committee meetings, Sheikh Abdullah said, “It is a great honour to me personally to host in the UAE and at the ministry my friend the Indian FM”, stressing the depth of historic ties with India, which is the major economic partner to the UAE. He added that the two sides discussed new measures to boost the relations, adding that they also tackled investment opportunities and Indian requirements in the energy sector.

The FM said the visit and joint meeting reflect the level of friendship, partnership and strategic ties between the two countries.



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