UAE minister to make rare Gulf Arab visit to Iran

November 27, 2013 22:06

DOHA - The United Arab Emirates foreign minister will visit Iran on Thursday, Iran's state news agency reported, just days after Tehran and world powers struck an interim nuclear accord which has caused Gulf Arab misgivings.

IRNA said the UAE's Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed would meet Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other officials. It did not disclose the purpose of the talks.

Tension between Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Muslim Gulf Arab rulers has been heightened by political turmoil across the Middle East. Gulf Arab ministerial visits to Iran are rare.

This month Sheikh Abdullah urged Iran to address issues straining ties with Gulf Arab states, including border disputes, policy on Syria's civil war and its nuclear program.

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