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UAE 'strongly condemns' Israeli aggression

Foreign Ministry official also calls on Iran to back off over Gulf islands dispute

UAE 'strongly condemns' Israeli aggression
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The UAE has said it "strongly condemned" what it called the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip and urged the international community to resolve the matter.

In a statement published by news agency WAM, the Gulf state called for action "to put an end to Israel's messing up with regional and international peace and stability".

The UAE's assistant foreign minister for international organisations affairs, Dr Saeed Mohammed Al-Shamsi, reiterated the UAE's support to the Arab Peace Initiative which aims to preserve the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to an independent state.

In a statement before the 39th session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Djibouti, Al Shamsi also said the UAE government regretted "the continued Iranian occupation of its islands, Abu Musa, and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs".

He added that the UAE demands the restoration of the UAE's full sovereignty over these islands.

"We also stress that all actions and measures taken by the Iranian occupation authorities are null and void, and are contrary to international law and to all norms and common human values," he said.

"We urge Iran to respond to the repeated peaceful, sincere calls of the UAE for a just settlement of this issue, either through direct, serious negotiations or by referral to the International Court of Justice to settle this dispute."

Speaking on the situation in Syria, the UAE official voiced regret over the continued bloodshed and violence, saying the government of President Bashar al-Assad had "lost its legitimacy".

He said the UAE supported the recently-created National Coalition of the Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people.