PARIS (Dispatches) -- A senior Emirati official said the United Arab Emirates would soon send a delegation to Iran as part of efforts to improve ties with Tehran.
“I hope that it is the sooner the better and all our friends are aware of it,” Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, told reporters when asked when a UAE delegation would hold talks in Tehran.
The idea was to “turn over a new page” in relations, he said.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Baqeri Kani, met Gargash and other Emirati officials on Nov. 24 in a rare visit.
The UAE started engaging with Iran in 2019. Saudi Arabia began direct talks with Iran in April, with Riyadh describing the talks as “cordial” but largely exploratory.
Asked whether the UAE was coordinating with Saudi Arabia on its moves on Iran, he said they were keeping its regional allies “in the picture”
The UAE is a member of the Saudi-led war on Yemen but largely ended its military presence on the ground in 2019.