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Neighborly diplomacy: Iran new admin working to boost UAE, Saudi relations

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (R) stands next to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian among other participants in the Baghdad Summit for Cooperation and Partnership, August 28, 2021.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has reiterated Iran's resolve to cooperate with all neighbors, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), saying the two countries can make strides toward promoting good neighborliness in the region.

In a post on his Twitter account late on Tuesday, Amir-Abdollahian said he had “a positive and cordial conversation” with UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on the sidelines of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership which was held on August 28.

The top Iranian diplomat said during his conversation with the Emirati premier, the two sides “spoke about the positive intentions and will of the two countries’ leaders to strengthen ties and emphasized fraternal relations between the two states.”

“Iran and the UAE can take big steps toward cooperation and realization of the policy and diplomacy of [good] neighborliness,” he said.

“We consult, converge and cooperate with neighbors in order to advance our relations and make regional cooperation happen,” he said. “Working with neighbors is a priority for the 13th [Iranian] administration.”

On Saturday, Sheikh Mohammad said in a tweet that he had met the Iranian foreign minister on the sidelines of the Baghdad summit.

He wished Amir-Abdollahian success in developing positive ties with neighboring countries.

Iran, Saudi Arabia to hold new round of talks in Baghdad

Meanwhile, Tehran’s Ambassador to Baghdad Iraj Masjedi said

 that Iran and Saudi Arabia have held three rounds of talks in the Iraqi capital thanks to the Baghdad government’s cooperation, and that a fourth round will be held now that a new administration is in place in Iran.

He said the Islamic Republic has expressed its readiness for dialog and peace and offered a helping hand to neighbors and regional countries.

The diplomat said regional countries should have no worries when it comes to Iran, and that it is enemies of this region that attempt to stoke fears about the Islamic Republic.

“Iran’s position is transparent and completely friendly. We share borders with 15 countries and have good relations with all of them,” he added.

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