Riyadh summit calls on Iran to reach peaceful solution on UAE islands

The Arabian Sea islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa have been under Iranian occupation since 1971

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The closing communique of the fourth Arab – South American summit called on Iran Wednesday to respond to the United Arab Emirate’s request for a peaceful resolution of a dispute over three Emirati islands under Iranian occupation since 1971.

The Arabian Sea islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa have long been a source of tension between Iran and Gulf States.

As for Yemen, where Saudi Arabia is leading an Arab coalition against Iranian-backed Houthi militias, representatives from the embattled country urged that all outcomes of dialogue be respected in accordance with the Gulf Initiative. The closing statement also highlighted the importance of the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216.

The statement also stressed on the support of the ongoing political process in Libya in form of dialogue under the auspices of the United Nations.

Additionally, participants expressed their rejection of any interference in the internal affairs of any country in the region as it would constitute a violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of good neighborliness. Representatives and leaders also stressed on the importance of respecting the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of the countries, as well as the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The closing remarks stressed that investment is one of the pillars of social and economic development in the region. It also called for the promotion of trade and investment between the Arab and South American countries.

The statement welcomed the establishment of an international center to combat terrorism and has the full support of Saudi Arabia.

The fourth summit condemned what participants said was Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries and urged the republic to stop provocative acts that would undermine threaten the security and stability of its Arab neighbors.

Additionally, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir lauded Latin American countries for their recognition of the State of Palestine as he highlighted the agreement to fight extremism and address the infringement on sovereignty of countries in the region.