Iran has dismissed as baseless a statement by Gulf Arab states supporting United Arab Emirates’ alleged ownership of three Iranian islands, saying the Persian Gulf islands are integral part of the country. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said that repetition of baseless claims to the three Iranian islands would not change historical facts.
Noting that “friendly ties with neighbors based on non-interference policy and mutual respect” top the Islamic Republic’s agenda, she said Iran does not put any limit on the expansion of friendly ties with neighboring countries. In a statement, the Foreign Ministry also said that occupation of Palestine and organized and constant inhuman crimes of the Zionist regime of Israel against inhabitants of the holy land is the source of creation and continuation of one of the longest world crises.
According to the Foreign Ministry Media Department, the statement continued that these acts of the Zionist regime are not only the roots of many problems and crises in the Middle East and Islamic world, but one of the main sources of insecurity and instability in the world. The ministry underlined again Iran’s all-out support for the human and liberating ideals of oppressed people of Palestine.
The statement continued Iran respects Palestinians’ admirable and legitimate resistance against invasion and occupation of the Zionist regime of Israel and calls on world community to pay attention to the main roots of continuation of Palestine crisis and ways to solve it. It said there is no solution to end the big human tragedy except through ending occupation in order to restore inalienable rights of Palestinians to determine their own fate and return of all refugees to their motherland.
The statement also condemned recent acts of the Zionist regime in demolishing historical identity of the holy Quds and insulting Al-Aqsa Mosque and warned that continuation of invading policies of the regime would cause strengthening radicalism and emergence of bigger crises in the region and the world.
It also expressed sympathy with besieged people of Gaza Strip and called on Islamic countries and world community to perform urgent and unconditional acts to end the cruel blockade. Iran has also condemned a recent terrorist attack on a mosque in Nigeria’s northern state of Kano, which left at least 120 people dead.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, deplored the spread of terrorism and extremism in Nigeria and underlined the necessity to eradicate these ominous phenomena. She further called on Nigerians to close ranks and prevent any measures that would cause sectarian and ethnic division in the African country.
On Friday, two explosions took place shortly after hundreds of people had gathered to listen to a Friday Payers sermon at the Grand Mosque in the city of Kano, situated 423 kilometers (262 miles) north of the capital, Abuja.