Iran says it wants closer ties with UAE

Iran says it wants closer ties with UAE

Iran says it wants closer ties with UAE

Iran says it wants closer ties with UAE

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Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahyan told the new Emirates Ambassador that the countries of the region should cooperate for stability.

On Wednesday, a senior Iranian diplomat said his country wants to strengthen relations with the United Arab Emirates. He made the announcement as he welcomed the Emirati ambassador, who returned to Tehran for the first time in six years.

The UAE and other Gulf states curtailed their ties with the Islamic Republic in 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran following the execution of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr in Riyadh.

“We would like to expand our relations with our neighbors, including the United Arab Emirates” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told the new Emirati Ambassador Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi during their meeting on Tuesday, according to an official statement released early Wednesday morning.

Despite a diplomatic downgrade, the oil-rich UAE maintains strong economic ties with the Islamic Republic.

In 2020, the UAE established diplomatic relations with Israel, which Tehran condemned.

But Abu Dhabi is holding a policy of rapprochement with former regional rivals, including Qatar, Turkey and Iran.

According to the ministry, Amir-Abdollahyan “also emphasized the need for cooperation between the countries of the region in name of regional stability.”

In July, the UAE said it was considering sending an ambassador back to Tehran to “strengthen bilateral ties,” state media reported at the time.

Last month Iran said Kuwait had sent its first ambassador to Tehran since 2016.

The two Middle Eastern powers, Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, have expressed their readiness to overcome their differences and engaged in bilateral talks that were first revealed in April 2021.