Iran rejected as ‘groundless’ the accusations that four Arab League states have raised against Tehran in their recent statement on disputed islands with United Arab Emirates.
In a statement on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh regretted that “some Arab countries are seeking to divert people’s attention from their wicked and destructive moves.”
Some Arab states are “arousing fictitious animosity instead of taking care of the key issues that the Arab world is facing, including attempts to pave the way for the Israeli regime’s presence in the region, disregard for the cause of Palestine, perpetuation of the cruel war against Yemen’s Arab people and creation of the worst humanitarian disaster in the contemporary era, and years-long support for terrorism and terror groups,” the spokesman added.
“Countries whose destructive aggression over the past six years has not only destroyed basic infrastructure in Yemen, but also caused hunger, disease, displacement and poverty among millions of people, and who have the blood of innocent people on their hands, are trying to evade responsibility for these crimes by pressing baseless charges,” Khatibzadeh said, as quoted by Tasnim news agency.
“The rehashing of futile claims about the three Iranian islands has had, and will have no bearing on the existing historical, geographical and historical realities, and these islands are an integral part of the Iranian territory,” Khatibzadeh underlined.
He then highlighted Iran’s policy of good neighborliness and mutual respect vis-a -vis neighboring countries as well as non-interference in the internal affairs of others, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website.
The spokesman expressed hope the Arab League and some regional countries would change their approach to dialogue and regional cooperation instead of issuing hollow and provocative statements which only result in the perpetuation of the current destructive trend.
Earlier on Wednesday, Foreign ministers of some Arab League states reaffirmed what they called UAE’s “sovereignty” over disputed islands of Abu Mousa, Lesser Tunb and Greater Tunb.
Source: Iranian media