UAE mulls possible return of Tehran ambassador – Reuters
DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates is considering sending an ambassador to Iran, a senior official said on Friday, six years after ties soured. UAE Presidential Advisor Anwar Gargash also called for regional economic cooperation as a way to ease political tensions.
“We are indeed considering sending an ambassador to Iran,” Gargash said in a video call with reporters. “The next decade cannot be like the last decade. This is a decade where “de-escalation” should be the key word. With shifting political alignments in the Middle East, UAE talks on strengthening ties with Iran come alongside Iraqi efforts to mediate between Emirati neighbor Saudi Arabia and Iran .
Riyadh and Tehran have not had diplomatic relations for six years, since Iranian protesters attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran after the kingdom executed Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
Riyadh responded by cutting ties with Tehran, while the United Arab Emirates reduced ties with the Islamic republic, without severing ties.
Iran and the Emirates have opposed each other in the war in Yemen, where the United Arab Emirates is supporting and training forces as part of a Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-backed Houthi rebels.