| 12 April 2024, Friday |

Iran responds to UAE concerns over Tehran’s nuclear plans

Iran informed the United Arab Emirates on Saturday that repairing relations with its neighbors was a top priority for Tehran, according to Iranian state media, a day after the UAE expressed alarm about Tehran’s nuclear program.

On Friday, the UAE’s representative to the UN’s nuclear watchdog expressed hope that Iran would cooperate with the agency to provide assurances to the international community and the region about Tehran’s nuclear program.

In a phone call with his UAE counterpart, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian “pointed to the priority of neighbours in Iran’s foreign policy and called for more consultation … to expand bilateral ties,” state media said.

In 2019, U.S.-allied UAE started engaging with Iran after years of tense relations.

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington to revive a 2015 nuclear deal have stalled since March and Tehran has restricted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s ability to monitor the Iranian nuclear programme after a dispute with the U.N. watchdog.

  • Reuters