GCC supports UAE in occupied island dispute
Foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) last night threw their weight behind the UAE in its row with Iran over three islands.
UAE state news agency WAM reported that the ministers from the GCC countries expressed their full support for all measures the UAE will take to restore its rights to, and sovereignty over its three occupied islands.
The row has escalated over Abu Mousa and two other small islands, located near the key shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz and held by Iran since 1971, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited Abu Mousa last week.
WAM reported that at the end of the 39th extraordinary meeting in Doha, the GCC ministerial council demanded Iran “end its occupation of the islands and respond to a call made by the UAE to find a peaceful and just solution to the issue either through bilateral negotiations or taking it to the International Court of Justice”.