UAE considering sending ambassador to Iran after 6 years

ISLAMABAD, July 16 (Alliance News): The United Arab Emirates is now considering sending an ambassador to Iran after 6 years due to the thaw in relations with Iran.

According to foreign media, Anwar Girgash, the diplomatic adviser to the President of the United Arab Emirates, also emphasized regional economic cooperation to reduce political tension.

Anwar Gargash said during a video call with journalists that ‘Now we are really considering sending an ambassador to Iran, the next decade may not be like the last decade, efforts to reduce tensions should be key in this decade. .

The indication of the UAE’s improving relations with Iran comes at a time when Iraq is trying to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran, given the changing political alignments in the Middle East.

After the execution of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia 6 years ago, the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran was attacked, and since then there has been no diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

In response to this incident, Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran, while the United Arab Emirates took a cold stance without severing ties with Iran.

Iran and the United Arab Emirates are opposing sides in the Yemen war, where the United Arab Emirates is part of a Saudi-led military coalition against Iran-backed Houthi rebels and supports and trains forces.

In January, three oil workers were killed in a cross-border drone strike by Yemeni rebels in Abu Dhabi.

Another reason for the rivalry between the two countries is the UAE’s claim to Iran-controlled Abu Musa and the Big and Little Tabb islands in the Gulf.

Anwar Gargash said that the UAE is not part of any grouping against Iran, he emphasized on economic cooperation in various fields to end the political tension on a large scale.

The UAE has previously said Gulf Arab states should engage in collective diplomacy for a deal with Iran, whose talks with Western powers over the 2015 nuclear deal have been stalled since March.

The UAE established diplomatic relations with Israel in 2020, a move Iran condemned.

Nevertheless, in July last year, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, met with the Iranian Minister of State for Affairs, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, to discuss ways to increase bilateral cooperation.

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