Deputy foreign Minister accused U.S. of interfering in Iran's internal affairs
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 28 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian accused the U.S. of interfering in Iran's internal affairs, Mehr reported.
Deputy foreign minister made the statement after General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces met with U.S. president Barack Obama in the White House.
The United States backed the United Arab Emirates in its dispute with Iran over three Gulf islands.
A joint US and UAE statement issued after the meeting, which was closed to the press, said Obama and the prince "called for a peaceful resolution of the islands' status."
The United States "strongly supports the UAE's initiative to resolve the issue through direct negotiations, the International Court of Justice, or another appropriate international forum," the statement said.
"Third countries' interference create instability and tension in the region," Amir-Abdollahian noted. "The Islamic Republic has always underscored that regional powers need constructive dialog to develop both bilateral relations and cooperation".
The UAE claims the islands under the terms of a 1971 agreement signed when Britain ended its colonial-era reign over that part of the Gulf.
Iran rejects any UAE claim to the islands, saying they have always been part of its territory.
The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards made a pointed visit to islands in May, in what was seen by the UAE as a provocation.