0811 GMT January 20, 2022
Sheikh Tahnoon, who is a brother of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, travels to Tehran at the invitation of Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, the SNSC's secretariat said.
Developing bilateral relations and discussing the latest developments in the region are among the goals of Sheikh Tahnoon’s trip, Press TV reported.
Late last month, the diplomatic adviser to the UAE emir announced that the country would soon send a delegation to Iran as part of efforts to improve ties.
“I hope that it is the sooner the better and all our friends are aware of it,” Anwar Gargash told reporters when asked when a UAE delegation would hold talks in Tehran, according to Reuters.
The idea was to “turn over a new page” in relations, he added.
Asked whether the UAE was coordinating with Saudi Arabia on its moves on Iran, he said they were keeping its regional allies "in the picture".
Ali Baqeri Kani, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister for political affairs, met Gargash and other Emirati officials in Dubai on November 24.
In a post on his Twitter account, Baqeri Kani described his meeting with Gargash as “friendly and cordial,” saying Iran and the UAE had agreed to “open a new chapter” in bilateral relations.
The discussions stressed the importance of strengthening relations “on the basis of good neighborliness and mutual respect,” working for greater regional stability and prosperity and developing bilateral economic and commercial ties, according to the Emirates News Agency.