Cairo: President of the Arab Parliament, Ahmed Al-Jarwan, yesterday strongly condemned as ''provocative" statements by the deputy chairman of the Iranian Shura Council's committee for national security and foreign policy affairs that members of the committee plan an inspection tour early next month to the three UAE islands, occupied by Iran.
Al-Jarwan, in a statement, attributed the step to "Iran's economic, social and political crises ... and the mounting international pressures on it as a result of doubts in its claims that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes." He decried the planned trip to the UAE three islands - Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs - as a violation of the UAE sovereignty and contradicts all efforts aimed at finding a peaceful settlement to end the Iranian occupation of the UAE islands.
He also called on Iran to refrain from such "provocative and illegal measures which can never alter the historic and legal facts that prove the islands are part and parcel of the UAE territories." These actions, the head of the pan-Arab Parliament added, "will only further Iran's isolation as they run counter the UAE's firm stance to end Iran's occupation either by direct negotiation according to specific timetable or recourse the dispute to the International Court of Justice so as to build normal healthy relations between the Gulf Arab states and Iran and preserve security and stability for the peoples of the region." - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Manama: The Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denounced the planned inspection visit by members of the Iranian Shura Council's committee on National and Foreign Policy to the three UAE Islands (Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa) occupied by Iran.
Bahrain News Agency (BNA) yesterday carried a statement of the ministry which affirmed the foundations, pillars and approach followed by the GCC in its relations with Iran, that are based on the principles of good neighbourliness, mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs as well as to renounce the use of force or threat of force, in order to resolve differences by peaceful means and take into account common interests.
The ministry emphasised that this visit is a violation of the sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates on its territory and a provocative act that is a source of great concern, which does not help build confidence.
The visit also contradicts all the efforts and agreements between the two sides to avoid escalation and to create the right conditions for a solution through peaceful means as well as help build good-neighbourly relations between the GCC countries and the Islamic Republic of Iran at all levels.
The statement added that based on the principle of the collective security of the GCC, the Kingdom of Bahrain reiterates its stance and full support to the United Arab Emirates on its sovereignty over the three islands.
It calls on the Islamic Republic of Iran to refrain immediately from such steps and abuses which are considered to be a serious escalation that threatens the security and stability in the Arabian Gulf. - Emirates News Agency, WAM
Cairo: Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, is heading the UAE delegation in 12th summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which kicked off yesterday in Cairo.
Themed: "New Issues and Broadening Opportunities," the opening session was addressed by the Senegalese President Macky Sall.
He said his country had exerted efforts during its chair of the 11th OIC session, calling on the member states to issue official statement on Mali. - Emirates News Agency, WAM