Embassy Rejects Arab Websites’ Report on Iranian Persian Gulf Islands
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) dismissed as “totally baseless and fabricated” the recent reports published by certain Arab websites on the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs in the Persian Gulf.
The Iranian embassy in the Emirati capital of Abu Dhabi said in a statement that recent news reports by a number of Arab websites on the three Iranian islands were “totally baseless and fabricated.”
This comes after some Arab websites quoted an unnamed Emirati source as saying that Tehran and Abu Dhabi have reached an agreement on the three Iranian islands near the Strait of Hormuz.
The source has also falsely claimed that “a deal has been reached and finalized on the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.”
The Iranian embassy’s statement further added that those websites, which lack credibility, have resorted to untrue and fabricated reports to win fame on the Internet.
The strategically located islands are close to the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most important oil chokepoint.
The three islands have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claim to the islands.
The islands fell under British control in 1921 but on November 30, 1971, a day after British forces left the region and just two days before the UAE was to become an official federation, Iran's sovereignty over the islands was restored.