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Newsline: Iran’s foreign minister visits UAE on Monday

Iran’s top diplomat is expected to visit the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson said, welcoming the appointment of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan as the Gulf state’s president last week. “Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian is planning to travel to the UAE today,” Saeed Khatibzadeh told a televised weekly news conference. (https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/irans-foreign-minister-plans-visit-uae-monday-spokesperson-2022-05-16/) Iranian state media said Amirabdollahian had left Tehran to pay respects to the Gulf country’s late President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed who died on Friday. Amirabdollahian’s visit is the highest level trip by an Iranian official to the Gulf country since Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched a deadly strike on the United Arab Emirates in January. In 2019, the UAE started engaging with Iran following attacks on tankers off Gulf waters and on Saudi energy infrastructure.

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