Iran today denounced Washington’s support of the UAE in its dispute with Iran over the three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, calling it “flagrant interference in Iran’s domestic affairs.”
“The islands have always been and will always be inseparable parts of the Islamic Republic,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. “The intervention by third parties (U.S.) in the region is aimed at creating rifts and tensions,” he added. (IRNA/Press TV translation, 29 June)
On Wednesday, the U.S. voiced its strong support for the UAE initiative to resolve the dispute through “direct negotiations, the International Court of Justice, or another appropriate international forum.”
Today, Mohsen Rezaie, the former IRGC commander and the publisher of the popular new site Tabnak, also said the West is provoking UAE over the islands to create division in the region.
“(Western countries) follow a new style of colonialism and use this stratagem to create division (among regional nations) and dominate over the region,” said Rezaie, who is currently the executive director of Iran's Expediency Council.
“Lack of awareness on the part of regional counties will help Western leaders to dominate all energy resources in the region and this is exactly what the US and Britain are looking for,” Rezaie added.