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Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb islands

 Context: Iran summoned China’s ambassador to protest a China-UAE statement on the sovereignty of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb islands, which are also claimed by the UAE but have been held by Iran since 1971.

On 30 November 1971, the Imperial Iranian Navy seized Abu Musa and the Greater and Lesser Tunbs after British forces withdrew. Iran claimed these islands, while the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah and the Emirate of Sharjah claimed the Tunbs and Abu Musa, respectively. After joining the UAE, these emirates passed the dispute to the UAE. Despite international attempts by the UAE, Iran has maintained control over the islands since 1971. The dispute remains unresolved as of 2022.

 Abu Musa, Greater Tunb, and Lesser Tunb
islands

 Source: ET