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Sun Mar 10, 2013 6:56PM

Iran says the recent Arab League resolution on the three Persian Gulf islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa lacks legal and political credibility. On Sunday evening, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast rejected the latest statement of the Cairo-based organization about the three Iranian islands. Mehmanparast described the statement as a sign of the bloc’s inability to assess regional issues correctly and to adopt a logical approach towards the ongoing crises in the Arab world, including in Syria, Bahrain and the Palestinian occupied territories. He said Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands are an inseparable part of Iran, adding that safeguarding security and stability of the Persian Gulf is the responsibility of all regional states. The Iranian diplomat expressed hope that AL members would respect Tehran’s sovereignty over the three Persian Gulf islands and focus instead on resolving other regional problems. During the Arab League foreign ministerial meeting in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the members objected to the presence of Iranians on the three islands and called for an end to it. The United Arab Emirates has repeatedly made baseless claims over Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands. However, the islands have always been part of Iran, proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. MP/HGH/SS