April 18, 2012

Iranian Claims to Islands Whitewash History

Peter Hellyer, The National

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Mr Ahmadinejad's visit was the first to Abu Musa by any Iranian leader since Iranian troops landed on the island shortly before the establishment of the UAE a little over 40 years ago. Predictably, the Iranian response to the perfectly-justified complaints from the UAE has been bombastic and aggressive, with the Iranian media quoting a slew of officials criticising the UAE and stating that Abu Musa and the other two islands, Greater and Lesser Tunbs, have historically been part of Iranian territory, apart from the first seven decades of the 20th Century.

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