Tehran (IP) - During a one-day visit to Tehran, the UAE National Security Adviser met with officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including the President and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, and discussed relations between the two countries.

Iran PressIran news: "Good relations with the countries of the region are one of the priorities of foreign policy in the new Iranian administration, and for this reason we welcome the development of relations with the UAE," said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi.

Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE national security adviser, said the countries in the region have a common destiny, so the development of relations between the two countries is on his country's agenda.



In a meeting with Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, the UAE's top official also noted: "Iran, as a great and powerful country in the region, has a unique geopolitical position and a highway connecting the East and West of the world."

This is the first visit of a high-ranking UAE official to Tehran after the emergence of some tensions in Iran's relations with the UAE and Saudi Arabia in 2016. In recent months, the UAE has made extensive efforts to balance its foreign policy and move closer to Iran and its allies, including Syria. The UAE foreign minister traveled to Syria last week to meet with President Bashar al-Assad.

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Diplomatic relations between Iran and the UAE have also increased in recent months, despite some disputes in the political and regional fields, which reflects the decision of the two neighboring countries to improve relations. 

The two sides seek to manage relations in a way that prevents escalation of tensions and use the existing capacities of the two countries, especially in the field of trade and economy.

In the history of long-standing relations between Iran and the UAE, economic relations have been one of the most important elements in bilateral relations. Therefore, even in the worst conditions due to the imposition of sanctions and the reduction of political relations, the UAE is still one of the top 5 trading partners of Iran. The economic capacities that can be exchanged between the two countries in the fields of transit, energy, transportation, health, and investment are very wide. Trade between the two countries is projected to reach $20 billion by 2022 and $30 billion by five years later.

Another effective factor that highlights the need for cooperation between Iran and the UAE is the effort to resolve security crises in Islamic societies, which is mostly due to the intervention of trans-regional countries.

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, referring to this issue during a meeting with the UAE National Security Adviser, emphasized: "Only through the cooperation of the countries in the region, stability and sustainable security will be established."

Obviously, the interests of Iran and the UAE as two neighboring countries in the political, economic, and security fields, need to improve and expand bilateral and regional relations, and it seems that the UAE officials have also come to the conclusion that changes should be made in some their former approaches and strive for regional convergence.

Mohammad Mehdi Mazaheri, a political affairs expert, says the UAE is clearly aware that there is no longer any support for the United States as a trans-regional power; Therefore, the UAE, like other Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, must directly think of mechanisms to regulate and improve relations with its neighbors.

By Hassan Aghighi-Salmasi


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