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Parliament to Review Iran's Ties with UAE

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, April 11 (ICANA) – A senior legislator on Monday stressed the Iranian parliament's resolve to review the ties with the United Arab Emirates after Abu Dhabi supported suppression of the Bahraini people and raised baseless claims against Iran at the recent Persian Gulf Cooperation Council meeting in Riyadh.
Monday, April 11, 2011 7:09:43 PM
Parliament to Review Iran's Ties with UAE

"Suppression of the revolution of the Bahraini people and the UAE's stances at the PGCC and its attempts to raise certain claims (against Iran) all show that the United Arab Emirates is distancing itself from bilateral and brotherly relations with Iran," Chairman of the Iranian parliament's Foreign Relations Committee Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh told FNA Monday.

He further announced that his committee members are now working on a bill to review and downgrade ties with the UAE.

"Right now the committee is studying different aspects of the bill," Falahatpisheh stated, and added, "Iran's economic and trade ties with the UAE are not in the interest of the Islamic Republic. It means that our country has no interest and economic motive for maintaining relations with the UAE."

In a ministerial meeting of the PGCC earlier this month, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accused Iran of interfering in Bahrain's affairs after Tehran warned Riyadh that it was "playing with fire" by deploying troops in neighboring Bahrain.

Yet, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa told the same PGCC meeting that Iran is not at all involved in his country's unrests.

A source privy to the PGCC told FNA on Sunday that Sheikh Hamad, who addressed the PGCC emergency meeting as a guest, said that "Iran does not have any role in Bahrain's developments", but his statements were ignored at the session since a number of other Arab countries felt unhappy with his remarks.

The UAE raised the claims against Iran while Abu Dhabi and Riyadh have dispatched hundreds of troops to Bahrain to help the Manama government crush the anti-government protests.

Several Bahrainis have lost their lives so far and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the violent crackdown on the anti-government protesters.

Also, 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 a 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.

Last year a senior military aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader 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.

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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