Sep 25, 2023 05:40 UTC
  • The file photo shows a view of Iran\'s Bu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf.
    The file photo shows a view of Iran\'s Bu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations has dismissed as “baseless” claims by the United Arab Emirates over three Persian Gulf islands, saying such statements are a “flagrant violation of international law and the UN Charter.”

“Iran regards such groundless statements as violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a member of the United Nations and a gross violation of international law and the United Nations Charter,” the mission said on Sunday.

The mission issued the statement in response to latest remarks by the UAE's Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy, who renewed her country's demand that Iran should end "occupation" of the Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Bu Musa.

Speaking at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Hashimy said the UAE will "continue to seek a resolution, either through direct negotiation or through the International Court of Justice. This has been our firm stance for decades."

The Iranian diplomatic mission said it is regrettable that the Emirati representatives repeat such an unfounded claim about the three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf in the General Assembly session every year.

It added that the three islands have always been an integral part of the Iranian territory and will remain so. "Any claim contrary to this fact is invalid."

The mission reiterated Iran’s commitment to the policy of cordial relations with its neighbors, including the UAE, but said the Islamic Republic’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the three islands will not be subject to negotiation.

The three Persian Gulf islands have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claim to the islands.