UAE official expected in Tehran on rare visit: media

UAE official expected in Tehran on rare visit: media

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Tehran: A senior Emirati security official is due in Iran on Monday, ISNA news agency reported, in the latest outreach between the two countries since a downgrading of ties five years ago.

The semi-official news agency said on Sunday that the UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahno bin Zayed Al Nahyan was invited by Ali Shamhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, “will arrive in Tehran tomorrow. “.

This will be the first visit to Iran by officials from the United Arab Emirates since the Gulf states lowered their relations with Iran in 2016.

After Saudi Arabia executed a respected Shia priest, protesters attacked the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran.

Shiite-majority Iran and its Sunni rival Saudi Arabia have held several rounds of talks since April aimed at improving ties.

“The development and reinforcement of bilateral relations and examination of regional developments” will be under discussion during Sheikh Tahnoun’s visit, ISNA said.

The mission will follow a November 26 trip to the UAE and Kuwait by Ali Bagheri, Tehran’s chief nuclear negotiator.

In Abu Dhabi Bagheri met Anwar Gargash, adviser to the UAE president.

Bagheri said at the time that the two sides agreed to “open a new chapter” with the UAE and “open new horizons” with Kuwait. Kuwait belongs to Saudi Arabia and the UAE among the six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

The UAE and Iran remain important economic partners.

Bagheri will meet with Sheikh Takhno before talks between Iran and the world’s major powers are expected to resume in Vienna later this week.

Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program ended on Friday after restarting five days ago.

Washington warned on Saturday that it would not allow Iran to “slow down” while also speeding up its nuclear activities during nuclear negotiations.

The United States is an indirect participant in the talks between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.

Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is peaceful.

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