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Strategic Islands in the Gulf - Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb



  Dec 26, 2023

Strategic Islands in the Gulf - Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa



1. Where are the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands located?

These three strategic islands are located in the Persian Gulf, near the Strait of Hormuz.

2. Why is the Strait of Hormuz significant?

The Strait of Hormuz is a vital shipping route, with about a fifth of the world’s oil output passing through it.

3. Who currently controls these islands?

All three islands - Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa - are controlled by Tehran (Iran).

4. Which country claims these islands?

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) claims sovereignty over these three islands.

5. What makes these islands strategically important?

Their location near the Strait of Hormuz makes them strategically significant, particularly for oil transportation and regional security.

6. Has there been any conflict over these islands?

There have been ongoing diplomatic disputes between Iran and the UAE over the sovereignty of these islands.

7. What is the history of these islands?

Historically, the sovereignty of these islands has been a contentious issue, with control shifting over time and claims based on historical ties.

8. How does the control of these islands affect regional politics?

The control of these islands influences regional politics, particularly in the context of the Iran-UAE relations and the broader geopolitical dynamics in the Gulf region.

9. Are there any international efforts to resolve this dispute?

International efforts have been limited, with the dispute largely remaining a bilateral issue between Iran and the UAE.

10. What is the significance of these islands for global oil trade?

Given their proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, control over these islands can impact the security and flow of a significant portion of the world’s oil trade.
These FAQs provide an overview of the strategic importance and the ongoing dispute concerning the Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb, and Abu Musa islands in the Gulf region.

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