By Iran Review
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed regret about the repetition of baseless claims about the three Persian Gulf islands of the Greater and Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council.
“That these islands belong to Iran is an unchanging and non-negotiable fact,” Ramin Mehmanparast said.
According to a Foreign Ministry statement, the Iranian official rejected the (P)GCC statement, adding that the content of the statement clearly interferes in the internal affairs of Iran.
“The time for taking non-constructive stances in the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council statements on the three Iranian islands has passed,” Mehmanparast added.
The spokesman concluded by emphasizing Iran’s fundamental policy of developing relations and cooperation with neighboring countries in the Persian Gulf based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect, and non-intervention in one another’s internal affairs.
In another development Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman said one of the main reasons behind the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s oil sector is that Washington aims to eliminate its economic rivals through the bans on Tehran.
“The US seeks to disrupt the economic system of its rivals by imposing sanctions against Iran,” Mehmanparast said.
“The countries that intend to have economic growth need Iran to supply energy. The US seeks to eliminate its economic rivals under the pretext of Iran’s nuclear activities,” he added.
The spokesperson noted that Iran’s 500-billion-dollar budget bill for the current fiscal year shows the country’s “good economic capacity” and stated that this is while Tehran is faced with the most economic sanctions.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman also said the country is doing its best to bolster regional peace and stability, urging all nations to use their capacities to do the same at the global level.
Ramin Mehmanparast pointed to Western sanctions against Iran, saying Tehran does not welcome sanctions, yet they have spurred the country’s progress in many fields.
The spokesman, who is also head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Center for Public Diplomacy and Media, further stated that the ongoing economic crisis in Europe proves the necessity of modifying existing systems.
He added that in view of existing problems, new solutions must be found for global crises.