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Abdullah bin Zayed vehemently condemns Ahmadinejad's visit to UAE's Abu Musa

posted on 12/04/2012: 1342 views

UAE Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan yesterday condemned in the strongest possible terms a visit made by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UAE's island of Abu Musa, occupied by Iran since 1971.

Sheikh Abdullah blasted the visit as a 'flagrant violation' of the UAE sovereignty over its territories and a ' set back' to all efforts and attempts the UAE is making to find a peaceful settlement to Iran's occupation of the three UAE islands : Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa; either through direct negotiations or resort to the International Court of Justice. 'This visit will not change the legal status of these islands which are part and parcel of the UAE national soil, ' Sheikh Abdullah emphasised.

He asserted the visit and the provocative rhetoric of the Iranian president expose Iran's false allegations regarding its keenness to establish good relations of neighbourhood and friendship with the UAE and countries of the region.

The UAE foreign minister denounced the timing of the visit, saying it comes at a time when the two countries agreed to exert more joint efforts to turn off this page by reaching a solution to the issue, and at a time the UAE has committed to what both countries had agreed out of its desire to create a conducive environment for reaching a solution that enhances stability in the region.

The visit, he said, was a gross breach of this agreement.

Sheikh Abdullah called on Iran to take measures and stances that strengthen confidence between countries and peoples of the region and refrain from such provocative measures which muddy relations between the two countries and depress efforts aimed at finding a fair solution to the issue of the occupied three islands. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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