SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 3 December 2021, Friday |

High-level UAE delegation to visit Iran soon -officials

According to senior Iranian and Gulf officials, a leading delegation from the United Arab Emirates will visit Tehran soon as the Gulf state seeks to de-escalate tensions with Iran.

A Gulf official said a high-level team is likely to visit Tehran shortly, but they did not clarify whether the mission will be led by the UAE’s top national security adviser, Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Sheikh Tahnoon is the head of state investor ADQ and the brother of the country’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.

A senior Iranian official said an Emirati official would visit soon but declined to give more details.

Anwar Gargash, diplomatic advisor to the UAE president, said on Monday that his country was “taking steps to de-escalate tensions with Iran as part of a policy choice towards diplomacy and away from confrontation.”

Gargash said the UAE remained deeply concerned about Iran’s behavior in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.

Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia, are closely watching talks between global powers and Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear pact. They believe the deal was flawed for not addressing Iran’s missile programme and network of regional proxies.