Rouhani talking to reporters 370.
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will not allow any external threats to
damage the "brotherhood" between Iran and the United Arab Emirates,
Iran's Press TV quoted him as saying on Friday.
“Our friendship and
brotherhood with the United Arab Emirates is such that no external
factors can damage them,” Rouhani told UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan during a diplomatic visit. The
meeting was followed by a ceremony at the UAE Embassy in Tehran, where the
foreign minister raised the UAE national flag.
The visit came after an interim
agreement was signed in Geneva on Sunday, implementing strict guidelines
for curbing nuclear development, and relieving financial sanctions.
In light of the agreement, Iran is able to re-establish commercial relationships with various countries, including the UAE.
mentioned his intention to mend ties, Press TV reported, praising
Iran's “close cultural and economic relations” with Abu Dhabi.
reported that the EAU's Sheikh Abdullah confirmed to Rouhani that the
two states are fully cooperating commercial allies. The report also said
the two countries plan to meet in early 2014 to discuss investments.
Israel, the Gulf States have been supportive of ending Iran's nuclear
program, out of fear that the country seeks to build a nuclear bomb,
disturbing the entire region.
Rouhani touched on the overall
atmosphere currently presiding over the Middle East, saying that Iran
“favors a stable and developing region,” downplaying past accusations
that they are in fact the ones who seek violence.
The UAE foreign
affairs minister congratulated Rouhani on the deal signed in Geneva,
saying it would positively affect the region.
Improving relations with regional countries is a central plank of
Iran's diplomatic policy under Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammed
Javad Zarif, who will visit Kuwait and Oman next week.
and Zarif have stressed greater regional stability as a priority,
arguably an attempt to blunt the opposition of Gulf countries,
particularly Saudi Arabia, to Tehran's newly minted nuclear deal with
Reuters contributed to this report.