Occupation of three UAE Islands by Iran could risk international security and peace, says Abdullah bin Zayed (add1)Apr 16, 2012 - 07:55 -
WAM Abu Dhabi, Apr 16th, 2012 (WAM)--xxxx. 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.