33rd GCC Summit rejects Iran’s interference in Arab Gulf states’ internal affairs

WAM MANAMA: The 33rd summit of the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on Tuesday demanded Iran immediately and permanently end interference in the internal affairs of their countries and reiterated the six states’ rejection and denunciation of Iran’s policies and measures which would increase tensions in the region and threaten its security and stability.

In a communique issued at the end of their two-day summit, the six-member GCC states also stressed on the need for Iran’s commitment to the principles of good neighborly relations, mutual respect and to resolving disputes through peaceful means without resorting to threats.

“The council expressed its rejection and condemnation of the continuing Iranian interference in the affairs of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s states and called on Iran to stop these policies,” the statement, read out by GCC Secretary-General Abdulatif Al-Zayani, said.

The statement reiterated the GCC’s rejection of the continued Iranian occupation of the three UAE islands: Abu Musa, and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs, and its firm stance of fully backing the UAE’s full sovereignty over its islands, including their regional waters, airspace, continental shelf and their exclusive economic zone, as integral and inseparable parts of the UAE.

The statement emphasized that all actions and measures taken by the Iran on the three islands are null and void and change none of historical and legal facts all of which confirm the UAE’s right to sovereignty on its islands.

It regretted that contacts with Iran on the issue of the UAE’s islands had made no positive progress towards a solution that would enhance regional security and stability.

The GCC Supreme Council’s statement also expressed concern over Iran’s nuclear program as a source of threat to regional and international security and peace.

Stressing that Iran and other states have right to have peaceful nuclear power and stressing the need for Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and bring its nuclear facilities under inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The statement urged Tehran to fully cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and implement its international commitments, including commitment to the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East and the Gulf region.

It expressed the GCC states’ hopes for a peaceful solution to the Iranian nuclear issue.

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