Riyadh and Abu Dhabi want to limit tensions in

Riyadh and Abu Dhabi want to limit tensions in


Currently, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Iran, Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi, will return to Tehran in the coming days, more than six years after the Gulf Arab state cut ties with the Islamic Republic.

The moves came in line with the UAE’s efforts to strengthen relations with Iran “to realize the common interests of the two countries and the wider region,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The UAE initially cut ties with Iran after Saudi Arabia severed its own ties with Tehran in January 2016. The move followed the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran by Iranian protesters after Riyadh executed a prominent cleric. Shia.

Currently, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi want to limit tensions in Tehran in order to focus on economic priorities

After all the hostilities on different sides of geopolitical rivalries, the UAE began to re-engage with Tehran in 2019, following attacks in Gulf waters and on Saudi energy sites, amid heightened tensions after the US pulled out of the pact nuclear deal between global powers and Iran, according to Reuters.

In the political context, Sunni Muslim power Saudi Arabia has made efforts to improve relations with Shiite Muslim enemy Iran in the past year, with five rounds of direct talks to date. This came at a time when Gulf Arab states are closely watching efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear pact, which they see as flawed because it does not address Iran’s missile program and behavior.

At the moment, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi want to find a consensus on Tehran’s pressures to dominate the region, moreover, they also want to limit these tensions as they focus on economic priorities.

Kuwait sent its first ambassador to Iran in six years earlier this month

The UAE has business and trade ties with Iran that have been maintained for more than a century, with the emirate of Dubai long being one of Iran’s main links to the outside world.

Moreover, another Gulf state, Kuwait, earlier this month sent its first ambassador to Iran since 2016, after a six-year hiatus in diplomatic relations. Then, in solidarity with Riyadh, it had withdrawn its envoy to Tehran, while maintaining relations as part of a balanced foreign policy.