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The Islamic Republic of Iran officially appointed its ambassador to the UAE on 17 March. The envoy is expected to depart for Abu Dhabi “in the near future,” according to Tehran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani.
During a press conference, Kani reiterated that Tehran and Abu Dhabi had not completely severed their diplomatic relations but downgraded them in recent years due to being on opposite sides in regional conflicts. The deputy foreign minister further disclosed that the UAE sent its ambassador to Iran a few months prior.
The UAE officially reinstated its ambassador to Tehran in September 2022, over six years after Saudi Arabia and Iran downgraded relations over the storming of Riyadh’s embassy in Iran over the kingdom’s execution of notable Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr.
On 16 March, Ali Shamkhani, Iran’s National Security Council secretary, called for the two regional nations to put their “family differences” aside during the important high-level talks in Abu Dhabi.
Shamkhani, who is affiliated with Iran’s top security body, met with UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and stressed that cooperation between the two states – based on goodwill and compromise – is the only way forward.
Al-Nahyan also stated that restoring the UAE’s relationship with Iran is among the top priorities for the country, and highlighted efforts to reach several agreements in the economic, banking, transit, energy, transportation, medical, and investment sectors.
Shamkhani affirmed during the meeting: “It is necessary to prevent foreigners from playing an unconstructive role and try to enhance the security, calm, and welfare for the people of the region through dialogue, interaction, and the promotion of political, security, economic, and cultural cooperation.”
This comes nearly a week after UAE ally Saudi Arabia and Iran officially formalized ties in a bid to decrease regional tensions.
Earlier this month, Tehran announced that a UAE-based company would join a consortium of international investors in one of the country’s transportation infrastructure projects in northeastern Iran.