After years of cessation in ties between Iran and the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi means to restart official diplomatic mission in Tehran.
Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi, the Emirati ambassador to Tehran, will reportedly resume his mission in Iran “in the coming days.” Over six years have passed since the country reduced relationships with Iran.
The declaration is in keeping with the Abu Dhabi’s attempts to improve ties with Tehran. According to a statement from the kingdom’s ministry of foreign affairs, the country aims to realize the mutual benefits of the two nations and the surrounding region.
Six years ago, when Iranian demonstrators stormed Saudi Arabian diplomatic offices in Tehran, Abu Dhabi cut back on its relations with Iran. Nimr al-Nimr, a well-known Shia scholar, had been executed by Riyadh before the Iranian intervention.
The foreign office chiefs of Iran and the United Arab Emirates spoke over the phone few days ago. According to official Emirati media, they talked about strengthening ties and sending an official envoy back to the capital of Iran.
The foreign ministers of Iran and the United Arab Emirates talked about measures to strengthen bilateral ties. Amirabdollahian and Sheikh Abdullah also discussed possible areas of collaboration for the two-way interest of the two nations.
Abu Dhabi began restarted diplomatic relations with Tehran back in 2019 after years of hostility on opposing sides of regional disputes. After assaults on Saudi oil facilities and in Gulf waterways, Abu Dhabi changed policies and approaches.
Saudi Arabia took steps to strengthen its relationship with Tehran last year. It occurred in a period when attempts to resuscitate Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement with the West were being keenly watched by Arab governments of the region. Saudi Arabia views the agreement as having flaws since it does not cover Iranian missile development.
Iran and the United Arab Emirates on the New Railroad
The actions of Tehran in the area must stop, according to both powerful Arab countries of the region. Nevertheless, while concentrating on economic issues, they seek to keep escalations under control.
Commercial and economic connections between Iran and the United Arab Emirates date back to more than a century ago. One of Iran’s primary gateways to the external world has long been the emirate of Dubai.
Kuwait, a neighboring Gulf nation, named its first ambassador to Iran in six years earlier in August. Abu Dhabi normalized relations with Tel Aviv two years ago, which led to the current thawing of diplomatic relationships. Under the Abraham Accords, which were mediated by the United States, three other Arab nations also established diplomatic ties with Israel.
Emirati authorities have intensified their attempts to strengthen commercial ties with Iran and lessen the danger posed by its regional affiliates. This is while the UAE’s normalization of ties with Tehran’s regional adversary seemed to impact the chances.
Abu Dhabi was the target of drone and missile attacks earlier this year by Houthi forces in Yemen. It is suspected that the Houthis are supported by Iran, harming the UAE’s standing as a secure base in a complicated region.
Saudi-led intervention against Yemen, attended by the UAE, led to a regional volatility that affected the perpetrators too. Attempting to run away from the consequences, both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi announced the decision to quit the battle. Besides, they started a bid to normalize ties with Tehran, the most outstanding supported of the people’s ruling system in San’aa.