Cairo: Arab foreign ministers condemned the continued Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands - Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Mousa - in a resolution they issued on Sunday at the end of an emergency meeting in Cairo to discuss Iran's intervention in Arab countries' affairs.
He also stressed that Algeria stands by the UAE in its demands for sovereignty over its three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Musa, and the need to establish a parliamentary friendship committee between the UAE and Algeria for further parliamentary cooperation.
Qassemi made the remarks on Wednesday in reaction to the final statement of the 146th Arab League Foreign Ministers meeting in Cairo on the Iranian islands Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
The foreign ministers, in a statement following their meeting at the Saudi Mission to the UN in New York late Sunday, voiced full support for the United Arab Emirates' (UAE) sovereignty over Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Moussa islands, as well as their territorial waters, airspace, continental shelf and economic zones.
As for Iran's occupation of the three UAE's islands: Greater and Lesser Tunbs
, and Abu Moussa, the leaders stressed the UAE's full sovereignty of the islands, supporting it in all peaceful measures aiming to restore the sovereignty of the islands.
It renewed confirmation on the absolute sovereignty of the United Arab Emirates on the three islands, Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Musa, and support all peaceful means and measures taken by the UAE to restore its sovereignty over the occupied islands.
ARAB LEADERS have reiterated their firm rejection of Iran's continued occupation of the UAE's three islands and expressed their support for the UAE's right to sovereignty over the islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Musa, situated in the Strait of Hormuz.
According to this principle, we issued our constant calls to resolve conflicts with Iran over its occupation of the three UAE islands -- Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunbs
-- through peaceful and negotiable means or international arbitration.
Commenting on the issue of the three islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
, Zarif said, "Neither Iran nor any country has made a compromise over its land.
The three islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
sit near the shipping channels through the Strait of Hormuz and were claimed by the Shah in 1971, just before the seven Persian Gulf emirates won independence from Britain and federated in the UAE.
Mohammad Ali Jafari visited Abu Musa as well as the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
Iran and the UAE both claimed territorial sovereignty over the three islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunbs
and Abu Musa in the Persian Gulf and have been at odds over them for decades.