Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian meets with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on June 22, 2023.

Iran’s FM Invites UAE President To Tehran

Thursday, 06/22/2023

The Iranian foreign minister has invited Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the president of the United Arab Emirates, to Tehran.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian presented bin Zayed with the invitation on behalf of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Thursday.

The Iranian top diplomat arrived in Abu Dhabi on the fourth and final leg of his regional tour.

Among the topics discussed were consular, cultural, economic, and political relations between Iran and the UAE.

Amir-Abdollahian visited Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait before traveling to the UAE.

Meanwhile, his deputy for political issues met with Legal Advisor to Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammad AlKhulaifi in Doha Wednesday night.

Ali Bagheri-Kani called lasting peace and stability dependent on development and progress in the countries of the region.

“The peace and stability that does not lead to development and progress is temporary, unstable,” he noted.

Referring to the progressing relations between the two countries, AlKhulaifi said “Iran and Qatar are always partners in bringing peace and stability to the region.”

Recent restoration of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran signaled a new policy by the Persian Gulf Sunni Arab states for closer regional ties.

A deal brokered by China in March ended a diplomatic rift between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and re-established relations following years of hostility.

In 2016, protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran in retaliation for Riyadh's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, which led to Riyadh severing its ties with Tehran.

The UAE and Bahrain quickly followed Saudi Arabia in severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

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