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Majlis to Review Bill on Lowering Ties with UAE

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, March 5 (ICANA) – Members of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission are due to discuss a bill on downgrading ties with the United Arab Emirates after the Persian Gulf Arab state consistently showed a negative approach towards Tehran in political issues.
Saturday, March 05, 2011 6:00:19 PM
Majlis to Review Bill on Lowering Ties with UAE

"The bill has been submitted to the presiding board of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission to be studied more precisely and in a more specialized manner," senior member of the Commission Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told FNA on Saturday.

Falahatpisheh had earlier told FNA that the UAE plays a negative role in the political issues related to Iran in the region and the Emirati officials have always made attempts to raise baseless claims and create political tensions with Tehran.

He had described mistreatment with the Iranian nationals travelling to the UAE as one of the most important reasons for Tehran to review ties with the Persian Gulf Arab country, and said, "The level of Iran's trade relations with the UAE leans to the United Arab Emirates' interests but their behavior with our country's nationals is not justifiable at all."

Iranian legislators are wrathful at the UAE officials' insulting attitude towards the Iranian nationals, specially at Dubai airport, and they have repeatedly called for retaliatory measures.

After a number of Iranian lawmakers called on the Tehran government to stop tourist visits to the UAE in response to the Persian Gulf state's humiliating treatment of the Iranian nationals, the country's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) announced in July that it may resort to such measure.

Also, the UAE's plan to build over 325 artificial islands in the waters of the Persian Gulf by the year 2016 has sparked outrage among the Iranian officials and people. These islands will reportedly have tourist resorts, railroads, hotels and other tourist facilities.

A senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader earlier this month called on the United Arab Emirates to immediately stop construction of these man-made islands in the Persian Gulf, and cautioned that such moves would tarnish the relations between Tehran and Abu Dhabi.

"Building such islands will further complicate the existing differences between the Emiratis and the Iranians and also will cause further divergence and darkening of relations between the two countries," Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi stressed on Monday.

He also reiterated that due to the presence of the trans-regional powers in the Persian Gulf, any decision by the littoral states to make major changes in the Southern coasts of the Persian Gulf to attain political, security and economic goals will have unpleasant consequences for the region's ecosystem, politics, security and economy.

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