Kuwaiti FM lauds UAE handling of the occupied islands issue
Cairo, 26 April 2012 (WAM) - Kuwait's Deputy Prime Minister '&' Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Hamd Al Sabah has praised UAE's "wise approach" in addressing the issue of its three islands, occupied by Iran, underlining the statement issued by the UAE cabinet last Sunday which stressed the importance of settling the dispute about the three UAE islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb through peaceful diplomatic channels or under the umbrella of the international law.
This came during a speech he gave this evening at the opening of the extraordinary session of the Council of Arab Foreign Ministers, held at the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo. The UAE's delegation to the meeting was headed by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash.
Sheikh Sabah, who is current chair of the Council, referred to the resolutions issued by the Council about the Iranian occupation of the UAE's three islands, the latest of which was resolution 7,310 on 2 March 2011 which reiterated UAE's sovereignty over its islands.
He also informed the Council members of the statement issued by the extraordinary session of the GCC Ministerial Council on 17 April which reconfirmed solidarity with the UAE and renewed support to all steps taken by the UAE to regain its sovereignty and rights over the occupied island. The statement vehemently denounced the visit made by the Iranian President on 11 April to the occupied island of Abu Musa.
Sheikh Sabah's speech also covered other Arab pressing issues, including the situation in Syria, developments of tension between Sudan and South Sudan, and preparations for the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference 2012 in Helsinki and the meetings in Vienna.