TEHRAN, June 19 (MNA) –- Hassan Rowhani, the secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said here Saturday that Iran will not tolerate any comments on its territorial integrity.

Rowhani told reporters that European countries have always emphasized the need to resolve the misunderstanding between Iran and the United Arab Emirates over three Iranian islands in the Persian Gulf.

 

He stressed that Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs are Iranian territory, adding that Europeans have never claimed they belong to the UAE.

 

If Europeans had ever claimed that the three islands belonged to the UAE, Iran would have responded in a serious manner, he said.

 

He referred to Iran-UAE relations as good, and added that the two sides intend to resolve the recent turmoil in the Persian Gulf caused by disputes between Iranian and UAE seagoing vessels.

 

Rowhani also said that Iran is prepared to hold consultations with the UAE to discuss ways to implement their 1971 bilateral agreement.

 

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