News ID: 318531
Published: 0441 GMT December 06, 2021

Iran, UAE push for thaw in ties as top Emirati official visits Tehran

Iran, UAE push for thaw in ties as top Emirati official visits Tehran

Foreign presence in Syria detrimental to regional security: Raeisi

International Desk

Iran and the United Arab Emirates on Monday called for a thaw in bilateral ties as the two neighbors seek a “new chapter” in their relations.

Iran’s President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi met UAE top national security adviser Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Tehran in a rare visit aimed at resolving differences and increasing cooperation.

Raeisi told Sheikh Tahnoon that Iran welcomes expansion of ties with the UAE as having “cordial relations” with regional nations is a top priority in its foreign policy.

“There should not be any barriers in the relations between the two Muslim countries,” said the president, adding that such ties should not be influenced by “foreigners’ indoctrination”.

He warned against efforts by enemies to “stoke fear among neighbors”.

“This plot will be thwarted through prudence and common understanding,” Raeisi said.

The president also called for vigilance among regional nations in the face of Israeli “expansionism and sedition”.

“The Zionists are pursuing their sinister objectives in the region and anywhere they secure a foothold, they turn it into a means for expansion and sedition”, he said.

Raeisi stressed that Iran supports the security of the Persian Gulf littoral states as their security is interlaced.

Sheikh Tahnoon, a brother of the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, said his visit to Iran is “a turning point” in the two countries’ relations and will contribute to regional security.

“We are the children of this region,” he said, adding the UAE has put better ties with Iran on the agenda.

The Emirati official formally invited Raeisi to visit the UAE, hoping that the trip would “open a new chapter in the two nations’ relations”.

With business ties to Iran stretching back over a century, the emirate of Dubai, 150km across the Persian Gulf, has long been one of Iran’s main trade routes. 

Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, said last month that the UAE was taking steps to de-escalate tensions with Iran as part of a policy choice toward diplomacy and away from confrontation. Reuters wrote.

In a tweet on Monday, Gargash said Sheikh Tahnoon's visit to Tehran “comes as a continuation of the UAE’s efforts to strengthen bridges of communication and cooperation in the region which would serve the national interest”.

“The UAE seeks to boost regional stability and prosperity by developing positive relations through dialogue and building on shared interests and managing divergent views,” he said.


Harmful foreign military presence

Later in the day, Raeisi held talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad to whom he said the continued presence of foreign forces in Syria and elsewhere in the region is detrimental to regional security and stability.

“Continuation of the illegal presence of foreign forces in the region and on Syrian soil is detrimental to security and stability of the region,” he said.

“Daesh [ISIS terrorist group] was created by Americans and, today, the presence of both Daesh and America at any place in the region will be a great threat to security, stability and welfare of [regional] nations,” Raeisi added, according to Press TV.

Underlining the significance of maintaining the security and stability of Syria as well as its powerful presence in regional equations, Raeisi noted: “Today, Syria, with its anti-Zionist policy, is at the forefront of resistance against the Zionists, and history will proudly record the commendable resistance of the Syrian people and government in the face of cowardly acts of aggression.”

He stressed the need to respect the territorial integrity of Syria, saying, “Turning a blind eye to national sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries would not be accepted from any country, and the Syrian people will certainly not tolerate it.”


Iran-Syria trade

Elsewhere in his remarks, the president described the volume of trade and economic exchanges between the two countries as much lower than the desired level.

“There is great potential to increase the volume and amount of economic exchanges between the two countries, and through activating all existing capacities, the volume of economic exchanges can be multiplied.”

Mekdad delivered a message from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and invited Raeisi to visit the country, saying Syria is determined to activate all cooperation capacities to further strengthen Tehran-Damascus relations in line with the shared interests of the two nations.

Reaffirming that the Syrian people will never forget Iran’s support and assistance, Mekdad said: “The United States uses the most vicious methods in its relations with some countries in the region, and seeks to make the Zionists masters of the region through totally disrespecting and humiliating” regional nations.

“The plots hatched by the United States, the Zionist regime and their stooges have failed in the region due to the steadfastness of the Syrian people and the resistance front, and now they have reached the conclusion that Syria has not been defeated [in its war on terror] and have, therefore, changed their approach,” Mekdad noted.



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