Abdullah denounces Iran visit in talks with Security Council
Foreign Minister HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan met with the ambassadors of the Security Council member countries.
During the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah expressed UAE's denunciation of the visit made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UAE's Island of Abu Musa, occupied by Iran since 1971.
Sheikh Abdullah said Ahmadinejad's visit represented a violation of the UAE's sovereignty over its three Islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, adding that the visit could never change the historic and legal facts which prove that the three Islands belong to the UAE.
He also expressed UAE's disappointment with the Iranian move which undermined the agreement between the two countries to resolve the dispute through bilateral negotiations.
"The UAE, being part of that agreement, sought to provide the right environment for diplomatic efforts to make headway and temporarily refrained from raising the issue in international and regional arenas in anticipation for the upcoming round of talks. This violation however, shows that Iran is not serious in pushing these efforts forward," he said.
Sheikh Abdullah also said that the visit had deepened mistrust between Iran and its neighbours in the region.
"The UAE is committed to demanding its sovereign rights through peaceful option and within the framework of international law. This approach represents a firm commitment and a reflection of the UAE's civilised message."
"Through this approach," he went on, "the UAE will intensify diplomatic efforts in relation to its legitimate demands and its policy of calling for bilateral negotiations or referring the issue to the International Court of Justice, while keen to enhance security and stability of the Arabian Gulf."
Sheikh Abdullah urged the member countries of the Security Council to support UAE's stand, based on their ties of friendship and cooperation with the UAE.
He said the UAE will keep their governments informed with the future steps to be taken.