Iran Reiterates Ownership of Three Persian Gulf Islands

Iran Reiterates Ownership of Three Persian Gulf Islands

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Ministry has once again stressed the country’s ownership of three Persian Gulf Islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, and dismissed a recent statement by the PGCC about three islands in southern Iran.

The foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said Friday that the islands of Abu Musa, the Lesser Tunb, and the Greater Tunbs, belong to Iran, adding the repeated and tedious statements given in this regard will not affect their status.

Khatibzadeh further stated that the country rejects any interference in its missile and peaceful nuclear energy programs, as well as its defense deterrent policy.

He also stated that Iran places a high priority on expanding cooperation and relations with all of its neighbors, while rejecting any foreign interference.

Khatibzadeh expressed optimism that a few Persian Gulf Cooperation Council member states would reconsider their anti-Iran policies and try to improve diplomacy through intra-regional dialogue and confidence-building, IRNA reported.

He warned the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council that making unreasonable demands and baseless accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran will not help the region solve its problems.

The Persian Gulf region, according to the spokesman, has to shift its reliance on external powers and pursue constructive and regional interaction based on an all-inclusive, rather than deletion, doctrine.


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