May 17, 2022 05:52 UTC
  • Iran FM after UAE visit: Warmth of neighborly ties disappoints enemies

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says warm relations among neighbors disappoint the enemies, as he meets with the newly-appointed president of the United Arab Emirates.

“A new page was opened in the relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the UAE,” the top Iranian diplomat tweeted after meeting Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

“We warmly shake hands with our neighbors. The warmth of the neighbors' relations disappoints the enemies of the region.”

Iran’s top diplomat traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to pay his respects after the death of President Khalifa bin Zayed, while Tehran welcomed the appointment of the Persian Gulf state’s new ruler.

The trip by Hussein Amir-Abdollahian was the highest level visit by an Iranian official to the Persian Gulf country in recent months.

In 2019, the UAE started engaging with Iran following mysterious attacks on tankers off Persian Gulf waters.

Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani visited the UAE in November when he said the two countries had agreed to open a new chapter in bilateral relations.

Last August, President Ebrahim Raeisi said Iran is determined and open to expansion of relations with the UAE.