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No internal disagreement over Iran’s foreign policy: FM

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (C) and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani (L) attend a closed session of the Iranian Parliament on August 17, 2022. (File photo by Tasnim)

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says official visits by top security official Ali Shamkhani to regional countries are made in the framework of a coordinated foreign policy, ensuring enemies that "there is no discord" in the Iranian diplomatic apparatus.

The foreign minister took to Twitter on Friday to respond to some rumors about recent visits by the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council to certain regional states.

Shamkhani's visit to the United Arab Emirates and Iraq are "within the framework of existing security ties" and "not a new phenomenon," wrote the diplomat.

Noting that a representative from the Foreign Ministry accompanies the advisor in the visits, Amir-Abdollahian said, "Foreign policy is coordinated."

"Everything is within the framework of the system, supervision by President. Enemies should know: there is no discord."

Shamkhani has had a busy schedule in recent weeks for his visit to East and West Asia. Last week, he was in Beijing and led negotiations with Saudi Arabia which led to an agreement on the resumption of diplomatic ties between Tehran and Riyadh after seven years.

On Thursday, he left Tehran for Abu Dhabi to hold high-level talks with top Emirati officials with the aim of boosting bilateral cooperation.

And according to reports, the Iranian top security official is set to visit the Iraqi capital of Baghdad next week to hold talks with senior Iraqi officials on addressing common security challenges.

In the UAE, Shamkhani held wide-ranging talks with his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and UAE King Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran in January 2016 after angry protesters stormed its embassy in Tehran over the execution of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. A number of other Arab countries, including the UAE, followed suit by downgrading relations with Iran.

Iran's ambassador to leave for Abu Dhabi

Meanwhile, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani said on Thursday that the country's ambassador to Abu Dhabi will soon start the mission.

"Regarding the UAE, we had not severed ties but there was a downgrade of relations between the two countries," he said, adding, "Emiratis returned their ambassador to Iran and we also appointed our ambassador to the UAE."

He did not name the new ambassador, however, said that the process is in the final stages of paperwork.

Back in August 2022, the UAE announced that its ambassador to Tehran Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi would resume his duties. In a statement on August 21, the Arab country's foreign ministry said that the decision was made "in line with UAE efforts to strengthen relations with Iran and as part of a previous decision to increase diplomatic representation to the rank of ambassador."

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