Unwise political stances further deepen regional rifts: Iran's Qassemi

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Iranian Foreign Ministry warns that some "unwise" political stances adopted by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on three Iranian islands further deepen regional rifts in the Persian Gulf.

On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi denounced the final statement of an Arab League ministerial meeting in Cairo, and rejected as baseless and politically-motivated claims by foreign ministers of Kuwaiti and the UAE regarding the three Iranian islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf.

“It seems that the repetition of such threadbare claims -- considering the tense atmosphere of yesterday’s session of the Arab League -- are aimed at deflecting the public opinion from the realities,” Qassemi added, refereeing to the baseless claims made by the Kuwaiti diplomat at the session.

Qassemi also asserted that the final statement of the regional bloc was "a clear example of interfering in other countries’ affairs," adding the Islamic Republic “strongly condemns such claims over its islands and totally rejects the content of the final statement.”   

The islands of the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa have always been part of Iran historically, the proof of which can be found in 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 baseless claims to the islands.

Meanwhile, Qassemi rejected as “vile and baseless” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s accusations that Tehran had a role in the 1994 AMIA bombing incident in Buenos Aires.

“The Islamic Republic condemns the blasts in Buenos Aires and rejects all accusations made against Iranian nationals over the attacks,” he said.

The Iranian official added that such accusations are part of the Tel Aviv regime’s “plot” against Iran and an attempt to hide the true identities of the attackers.        

In July 1994, a car bomb exploded at the building of the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association, also known as AMIA, in Buenos Aires. Eighty-five people died and some 300 were injured.

The Israeli regime accuses Tehran of masterminding the terrorist attack. The Islamic Republic of Iran has strongly denied any involvement in the incident.


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