Tehran (IP) - Ali Akbar Velayati, senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, slammed the final statement of the 6th Arab-Russian Cooperation Forum in Morocco about Iran’s three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb, and the Lesser Tunb and condemned it as interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

Iran PressIran news: The three Persian Gulf islands of Abu Musa, the Greater and Lesser Tunbs have historically been part of Iran, proof of which can be found and corroborated by countless historical, legal, and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world.

However, the United Arab Emirates has repeatedly laid claim to the islands.
The islands fell under British control in 1921 but on November 30, 1971, a day after British forces left the region and just two days before the UAE was to become an official federation, Iran’s sovereignty over the islands was restored. 

Ali Akbar Velayati on Friday in reaction to Russia's support of the United Arab Emirates claim to the islands in Morocco Forum, said: "The meeting in Morocco and its final statement has various flaws, the most important of which is interference in Iran's affairs."

Calling on Russia to pay further careful attention to its stances regarding the Islamic Republic, said: “In such circumstances that Russia is in a complex international situation, some positions of the Russian Foreign Ministry are regrettable," he said, acknowledging that "although, some political pressures on Russia in the current complicated situation will cause it to damage its reputation in order to obtain a worthless point.”

Senior advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution called UAE's claim of the trio islands "baseless" and said: "The Islamic Republic of Iran, as the rightful owner of the trio islands, will closely watch the actions of those who wish to harm the national and regional interests and will respond accordingly."

Velayati added that the islands’ ownership “will not be affected by such poor meetings.”

In a separate statement on Thursday, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson also dismissed the claims on the three Iranian islands as "baseless and unacceptable."

“The Islamic Republic of Iran will not hesitate a bit to preserve its territorial integrity,” Nasser Kanaani stressed.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran does not consider its territorial integrity and sovereignty over the three islands negotiable and rejects any claim by any side on the issue and will not back down from its sovereignty and territorial rights in any way,” he added.