Tehran (IP) - Iran, at the UN General Assembly stressed that the Iranian islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs had been an integral part of Iranian territory, and any claim to the contrary will be categorically rejected.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's response to the UAE representative's remarks at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, read by an Iranian diplomat, reads: "The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates its firm and principled position that it does not recognize the existence of such a dispute between Iran and the UAE. These three islands have been an integral part of Iranian territory, and any claim to the contrary is categorically rejected."

The Iranian representative added: "Nevertheless, and to show its utmost respect for the principle of good neighborliness, Iran has consistently stated its readiness for bilateral talks with the UAE to eliminate any misunderstandings."

The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran also reiterated the need to use the correct name of the Persian Gulf in response to the remarks of the UAE representative at the General Assembly meeting and the use of the pseudonym of the Arab Gulf.

The representative of the United Arab Emirates should be reminded that the correct term 'Persian Gulf' has been used since 500 BC to refer to the water zone between the Arabian Peninsula and the Iranian plateau, and this name will stay that way forever.

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