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    Arab-India Cooperation Forum Backs Dialogue With Iran Based on Int'l Law

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    Participants of the first Arab-India Cooperation Forum advocate dialogue with Iran based on international law, a joint statement issued on Sunday stated.

    MANAMA (Sputnik) – The foreign ministers of Arab States, India's External Affairs minister and the League of Arab States secretary general issued the so-called Manama Declaration after meeting in the Bahraini capital earlier Sunday.

    "They emphasized the importance that cooperative relations between Arab States and the Islamic Republic of Iran be based on the principles of good neighborliness, non-interference in internal affairs, respect of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, resolution of disputes through peaceful means, according to UN Charter and International Law, and refraining from use or threat of force," the declaration read.

    The sides stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the territorial dispute between Iran and the United Arab Emirates over the Greater and Lesser Tunbs islands in the Persian Gulf.

    They condemned early January attacks on two Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after Riyadh announced the execution of 47 convicts, including a prominent Shiite cleric.

    Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with Iran, followed by its regional allies, after the attacks.

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