Iran has dismissed the “baseless” and “repetitive” allegations recently leveled by the Arab Ministerial Quartet Committee against Tehran’s regional role, saying such approach will only increase problems.
The committee — comprised of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — issued an anti-Iran statement after its 12th meeting on the follow-up to the crisis with Iran in Cairo on Tuesday.
It condemned what it claimed to be “Iran’s role in destabilizing the security and stability in the region,” as well as “continued Iranian interference in the internal affairs of Arab countries, and … constant provocative statements made by Iranian officials.”
On Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi rejected the “groundless” claims and said “the futile attempt” targeting the Islamic Republic was in line with “the same old political mistakes.”
He also expressed regret that some Persian Gulf states welcome “out of weakness” the “undocumented” claims by outsiders about maritime security in this region instead of relying on their own power.
The wrong path taken by some Arab states will only fuel the problems in the region at a time when it needs rationality and realism, he added.
Mousavi further noted that certain Arab countries, which have failed in their regional polices, are incapable of understanding the realties in the region and the entire world.
Additionally, he reiterated Iran’s sovereignty on the three islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb, located in the Persian Gulf.