UAE strives to send envoy to Iran, against anti-Iranian axis
PARIS – The United Arab Emirates is working to send an ambassador to Tehran as it seeks to rebuild bridges with Iran, the president’s diplomatic adviser said on Friday, adding that the idea of a confrontational approach to Iran was not something Abu Dhabi supported.
The United Arab Emirates is trying to balance superpower ally Washington, new friend Israel and old adversary Iran as it seeks to avoid regional tensions that could torpedo its economic ambitions while bolstering the military capabilities of the United Arab Emirates. Gulf State.
The UAE began engaging with Iran in 2019 following attacks on oil tankers off Gulf waters and on Saudi energy infrastructure and has held direct talks ever since. His climate change minister was in Tehran earlier this week.
“Our conversation is ongoing…we are in the process of sending an ambassador to Tehran. All these areas of bridge reconstruction are ongoing,” Anwar Gargash told reporters ahead of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s visit to Paris. .
Abu Dhabi still shared concerns about Iran’s regional activities, but wanted to work hard to find diplomatic solutions, he said.
US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday signed a joint pledge to deny Iranian nuclear weapons, a show of unity by allies long divided over diplomacy with Tehran.
The pledge came a day after Biden said he was open to using force as a ‘last resort’ against Iran as efforts to revive a 2015 nuclear pact between Tehran and world powers are at a standstill.
Asked about talk of an anti-Iranian alliance to counter Tehran’s regional activities, Gargash said a NATO in the Middle East was a “theoretical” concept and confrontation in Abu Dhabi was not an option.
“We are open to cooperation, but not cooperation aimed at any other country in the region and I specifically mention Iran,” he said. “The UAE will not be part of any group of countries that takes confrontation as a direction, but we have serious problems with Iran with its regional policy.”
The United States and Israel are seeking to lay the groundwork for a security alliance with Arab states that would link air defense systems to counter Iranian drone and missile attacks in the Middle East.
However, he said the UAE could be part of anything that protects the country from drones and missiles as long as they don’t target a third country.
“We have our eyes open. We are very clear if something is defending the UAE and its civilians, of course we are open to these ideas, but not to the idea of creating axes against this or that country”, a- he declared.
(Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Hugh Lawson, Emelia Sithole-Matarise and Philippa Fletcher)