Iran nuclear deal could turn 'new page' for Gulf: UAE
The UAE welcomed the historic nuclear deal agreed by world powers and Iran with an official saying it could turn a 'new page' for the Gulf region
The United Arab Emirates Tuesday welcomed the historic nuclear deal agreed by world powers and Iran, with an official saying it could turn a “new page” for the Gulf region.
“Iran could play a (significant) role in the region if it revises its policy and stops interfering in the internal affairs of countries like Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen,” a UAE official said in the first reaction from the Gulf Arab monarchies to the Vienna accord.
“The new direction we hope to see accompany the historic nuclear deal would demonstrate a genuine desire for Iran to help extinguish fires devouring the region,” the official said.
“This would move the region away from the discord of sectarianism, extremism and terrorism.”
Reached on day 18 of marathon talks in Austria’s capital, the accord is aimed at resolving a 13-year standoff over Iran’s nuclear ambitions after repeated diplomatic failures and threats of military action.
The UAE and the Islamic republic are in dispute over three small Gulf islands occupied by Iran, but the Sunni Muslim emirates still have good business relations with their Shiite neighbor.
Like its Gulf Cooperation Council partners, including Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the UAE has repeatedly expressed concern about Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Abu Dhabi also fears that the Vienna agreement will strengthen Iranian influence in the region.
A change of path by Tehran would send a “positive signal that would help the region avoid nuclear proliferation and all the risks this would involve for its security and stability,” the Emirati official said.
“Without such a change, we cannot build anything positive, and this will have consequences on the region and its people.”
The official WAM news agency said UAE leaders have congratulated Iranian President Hassan Rowhani, saying they hope the Vienna accord will “strengthen security and stability in the region.”
Lifting Iran sanctions to boost regional economy: Turkish FMTurkish FM: the lifting of sanctions on Iran would contribute to the regional economy and would have a direct impact on Turkey Economy
Iran, major powers reach historic nuclear dealPresident Hassan Rowhani said the nuclear deal will open 'new horizons' now that 'this unnecessary crisis' has been resolved Middle East
Iran oil exports could jump by 60 pct in a yearIran will increase its oil exports by up to 60 percent within a year if it agrees a nuclear deal with world powers bringing an end to sanctions Energy
Oil prices fall as Iran, global powers reach nuclear dealOil prices tumbled more than $1 on Tuesday after Iran and six global powers reached a landmark nuclear deal Energy