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UAE to Send Delegation to Iran Soon

UAE to Send Delegation to Iran Soon

Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 - 06:45
UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan

UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan received a phone call from Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.


They discussed bilateral relations and cooperation and ways to enhance them to advance the interests of their countries, state news agency WAM reported.


This came as the diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, Anwar Gargash, said Tuesday that his country would soon send a delegation to Iran as part of efforts to improve ties with Tehran.


"I hope that it is the sooner the better and all our friends are aware of it," he told reporters when asked when a UAE delegation would hold talks in Tehran.


"There is a recognition by the Iranians that they need to rebuild bridges with the Gulf. We are picking that up positively" he added.


Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani met Gargash and other Emirati officials on Nov. 24.


The discussions stressed the importance of strengthening relations "on the basis of good neighborliness and mutual respect," working for greater regional stability and prosperity and developing bilateral economic and commercial ties.


In another context, Gargash announced Tuesday that the UAE and France will sign major contracts when President Emmanuel Macron visits Dubai on Dec. 3.


"I don't want to spoil the Christmas present with the president," Gargash told reporters when asked whether Abu Dhabi would purchase French Dassault Rafale fighter jets.


"This is an excellent relationship and various agreements will be signed. After the president's visit the relationship will be broader in different areas," he noted.


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