The foreign ministers of the UAE and Iran discuss ways to develop relations
Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (File Photo/Anadolu/AFP)

Dubai, UAE / TEH: On Saturday, Emirati Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed with his Iranian counterpart, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, ways to develop relations between the two countries.

And the official Emirates News Agency, WAM, reported that the two ministers discussed, during a phone call, “bilateral relations and cooperation, and ways to enhance them in the best interest of the two countries,” without further details.


Meanwhile, the official Iranian news agency IRNA quoted Abdullahian as saying that “his country’s relations with the UAE are moving towards progress.”

During the call, the Iranian minister referred to “the necessity of forming joint committees (…) to strengthen and expand relations,” stressing that “there are no restrictions on the progress of the development of comprehensive relations.”

In November 2011, Ali Bagheri, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, said that his country had agreed with the UAE to “open a new page in bilateral relations.”

The phone call discussed “the situation in Syria, developments within the occupied Palestinian territories, the Vienna negotiations, and the Yemeni crisis,” according to IRNA.

Regarding the Yemen crisis, Abdollahian expressed, during the call, according to IRNA, that he “welcomed the temporary ceasefire”, looking forward “to establishing political negotiations that include all parties.”

And in early April, the United Nations announced a two-month truce in Yemen that the parties to the conflict in Yemen had agreed, could be extended, and it was implemented the next day. The Arabs welcomed the truce in Yemen along with many other countries.


Abdollahian said that Iran “only wants the good, security and prosperity of its regional neighbors, including the UAE, but the Zionists are the source of insecurity in the region.”

While IRNA quoted Abdullah bin Zayed as saying, “The UAE will not allow other countries to use its soil for provocative actions against other neighboring countries.”

Recently, the Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi movement carried out attacks against targets in the UAE, after the previous targeting of Saudi Arabia, amid Arab and international condemnation of the attacks.