The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Lebanon strongly attacked Israel's continued refusal to relinquish occupied Arab territories at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (September 25th).
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A TRANSCRIPT OF FOREIGN MINISTER ABBAS-ALI KHALATBARI'S COMMENTS FOLLOWS:
In the Persian Gulf, where some five million barrels of oil are shipped dally to the world market, our policy has been one of vigilance and cooperation.
We have insisted that the area should remain free from big power rivalries and that preservation of the security of the waterway should be the duty of the littoral states through cooperation among all of them.
To ensure the free out-flow of oil from the Persian Gulf and the stability of tits maritime routes, we seek the cooperation of all the littoral states, all of whom have much at stake in this enterprise.
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Background: The Foreign Ministers of Iran and Lebanon strongly attacked Israel's continued refusal to relinquish occupied Arab territories at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (September 25th).
The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Fouad Naffah, referring to the Palestinians, said Israel had expelled an entire people, and stamped on their elementary and sacred rights. He said Israel had initially justified its continued aggression as retaliation against Palestinian commando activities. However, he said, Israel no longer made any effort to justify its actions.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Abbas-Ali Khalatbari, said the embittered world opinion voiced by many nations, including Iran, clearly rejected Israel's retention of Arab lands. He said negotiations among the nations involved in the crisis could be undertaken only if there was a reasonable guarantee for Israel's withdrawal from occupied Arab territories.
Referring to the Persian Gulf oil wells, of vital concern to the United States, the Iranian Foreign Minister said the Gulf area should remain free from what he called "big power rivalries." He called on the Arab states to co-operate in preserving the security of the Persian Gulf, where some five million barrels of oil were shipped to world markets each day.
SYNOPSIS: Israel's continued refusal to relinquish occupied Arab territories, came under further attack from Iran and Lebanon at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. The Lebanese Foreign Minister, Fouad Naffah, directed his criticism at Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.
Delegates in the one-hundred-and thirty-five member General Assembly later heard more criticism of Israel from the Iranian Foreign Minister, Abbas-Ali Khalatbari. He want on to talk about the security of the Persian Gulf oil wells, of vital concern to the United States.