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Iran rejects PGCC claims of Iran interference
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_famous_02_ep1.jpgTEHRAN – Iran on Monday dismissed the most recent statement of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council as an act of interference, calling on the PGCC to take the realities on the ground into consideration.  
 
According to Arab News, in his opening statement at the PGCC ministerial meeting in Riyadh on Sunday, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said that “the (Persian) Gulf states had always tried to maintain good neighborly relations with Iran, but unfortunately, Iran still intervenes in the (P)GCC’s internal affairs and occupies the UAE islands of Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs.” 
 
And according to the Kuwait News Agency, the PGCC also claimed that no progress had been made at the negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany) over Tehran’s nuclear program in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on February 26 and 27. 
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that the three Persian Gulf islands are inseparable parts of Iran’s territory, adding, “Leveling unfounded allegations cannot change the realities, and it would be better if regional countries put the adoption of a positive and constructive approach toward the Islamic Republic of Iran on their agenda instead of making false accusations, and this will benefit regional nations.” 
 
He also said that the PGCC’s comments on the Almaty nuclear talks was due to a poor understanding of the situation and advised the council’s members to express their views after perceiving the realities.   
 
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