Tehran has categorically rejected claims made by the United Arab Emirates regarding the three Iranian islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, saying they are “an inseparable part of Iran’s territory.”

In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, the permanent Iranian mission to the UN said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s April 11 visit to the Iranian island of Abu Musa, which the UAE described as a violation of its territorial sovereignty, was in line with “Iran’s sovereign rights and the principles of its territorial integrity.”

“Iran has always believed that constructive talks with UAE officials would lead to the expansion of ties in different fields and help both sides clear misunderstandings that may have been caused following the implementation of the document signed in 1971,” said the letter.

The Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa have historically been part of Iran, the proof of which can be found in and corroborated by countless historical, legal and geographical documents in Iran and other parts of the world. However, the UAE has repeatedly laid claims on the islands.

In the letter, the Iranian mission also reiterated that the only historically correct name, officially recognized by the United Nations, for the body of water between Iran and Saudi Arabia is the “Persian Gulf.”
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