Commentary (IP) - Iran's Foreign Minister said that the Islamic Republic does not compromise over its territorial integrity.

Iran PressCommentary: Reacting to the joint statement of China and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) and the claims over the Iranian triple islands Abu Musa, Great, and Lesser Tunbs, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wrote in a tweet on Saturday: "The triple islands Abu Musa, Great and Lesser Tunbs in the Persian Gulfs are inseparable parts of the Iranian soil and eternally belongs to Iran."

Iran has been referred to in four paragraphs in the joint statement of China and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council; According to one of the paragraphs, paragraph 12, the leaders support all peaceful efforts, including UAE's initiatives to reach a peaceful solution to the issue of Great and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa, through bilateral negotiations based on international laws.

This act of the Chinese president Xi can show to some extent his unprecedented policy to the Persian Gulf area since Beijing had so far avoided engaging in controversial issues between other countries including the countries of West Asia.  

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Therefore, obviously accompanying the anti-Iranian positions of the littoral states of the southern border of the Persian Gulf is, of course, considered as the repetition of failed Iranophobia policy. 

In such meetings, the Arab regimes usually raise the issue of the UAE's alleged ownership of the above-mentioned islands and repeat the vicious circle of raising accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran. 

China and the member states of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council signed the joint statement as the Islamic Republic of Iran has always announced the triple islands as its inseparable part and rejected the UAE's claim over them as unnegotiable. 


 Authentic documents prove that the aforementioned islands belong to Iran; for instance, on the map of the British Navy in 1881, the map of the British Maritime Ministry in 1863, and the map of Iran prepared by the British War Department in 1886, the islands are colored in Iran's land, showing Iran's sovereignty over these islands.

Yet, as to say why the Chinese president accompanied the PGCC members states in the anti-Iranian statement, it might be attributed to China's economic motivation; China follows an economy-oriented approach based on maximum profit out of signing agreements with the Arab countries in the south of the Persian Gulf. 

The signing of a gas contract with Qatar as well as the signing of a strategic MoU with Saudi Arabia can be considered examples of the policy. An international affairs analyst Hassan Beheshtipour says that developing ties with the Persian Gulf littoral states is part of China's ambitious economic plans started in 2013.


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