UAE president meets Iran’s foreign minister in Abu Dhabi

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UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, Emirati state news agency WAM reported.

Iran’s top diplomat has been on a Gulf tour this week, visiting Qatar, Oman and Kuwait.

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Sheikh Mohamed and Amir-Abdollahian discussed bilateral relations between the UAE and Iran as well as the “importance of building on the positive developments achieved in the region,” WAM said.

Iranian state news agency IRNA said Amir-Abdollahian extended an invitation to Sheikh Mohamed on behalf of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to visit Iran.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the invitation and reciprocated by extending an invitation to Raisi to visit the UAE, IRNA said.

Amir-Abdollahian also held a meeting with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, his Emirati counterpart.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Abu Dhabi on June 22, 2023. (WAM)
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Abu Dhabi on June 22, 2023. (WAM)

During the visit, Iran and the UAE signed an agreement aimed at expanding air transport services between the two countries and increasing trade and tourism opportunism.

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