Iran welcomes development of relations with United Arab Emirates
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called for improving Tehran’s relations with the United Arab Emirates and expressed his country’s support for the security of states bordering the Persian Gulf.
“Good relations with the countries of the region are among the priorities of Iran in its foreign policy within the new government, and this is the reason why we welcome the development of relations with the United Arab Emirates”, Raisi said during a meeting with the national security adviser to Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates in Tehran on December 6, according to the president.ir website.
The Iranian president said that “the security of the countries in the region is closely linked and Iran supports the security of the states bordering the Persian Gulf”, and added that “there should be no obstacles in the relations between the two Muslim countries of Iran and the United Arab Emirates, and these relations should not be influenced by foreigners. “
In turn, the UAE’s national security adviser said that “we are the children of this region and we have a common destiny, therefore the development of relations between the two countries is on our agenda.”
Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan added that “we are ready to develop cooperation and we hope that a new chapter in relations between the two countries will open with the visit of Ayatollah Raisi to the United Arab Emirates”.
By receiving the manager of the United Arab Emirates, Iranian security chief Ali Shamkhani said the visit of the security adviser to the United Arab Emirates will open a new chapter in relations between the two countries.
Shamkhani stressed that lasting security and stability can only be achieved through constant dialogue and cooperation of countries in the region, and joint efforts should be made to end the military and security crises of Muslim states in the region. .
Sheikh Tahnoon Al Nahyan told the meeting that Iran, as a powerful regional country with its unique geopolitical position, is a crossroads between East and West, and that the expansion of ties between Tehran and Abu Dhabi is a priority for the United Arab Emirates.
He added that the two countries have vast capacities to cooperate in the areas of transit, energy, transport, health and investment.
The visit comes at a time of warming relations between the two countries. However, Iran recently criticized the UAE’s signing of a multibillion-dollar deal with France to purchase fighter jets and helicopter gunships.
French President Emmanuel Macron announced multibillion-euro deals on December 3 to sell fighter jets and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates, during his tour of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. UAE to purchase 80 upgraded Rafale fighter jets worth 16 billion euros (18 billion dollars) and 12 combat helicopters built by Airbus in France. Abu Dhabi is also hoping to buy American F-35 stealth fighters after diplomatically recognizing Israel last year.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on December 6 that the sale of advanced weapons worth billions of dollars and euros to Arab states in the Persian Gulf region by countries Europeans like France is a major cause of unrest in the Middle East, including Yemen.
“We expect countries like France to act more responsibly. The ongoing process of excessive militarization of our region is truly unacceptable to us,” he added.
Khatibzadeh also responded to Arab League secretary general Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who earlier said Iran aims to control the Straits of Hormuz and Bab al-Mandab, either directly or through militias they he finances. The spokesperson said: “I think this is not the first time that such statements have been made by the Arab League and its secretary general. Such statements dictated for purposes dictated [by enemies] are totally unnecessary “.
“The only beneficiary of these irresponsible statements is Quds [Jerusalem] occupation regime [Israel],” he added.