Iran and the United Arab Emirates pledge to “optimize” bilateral cooperation.

AA / Tehran / Syed Zafar Mehdi

The diplomatic chiefs of Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) discussed bilateral trade cooperation and regional issues in a telephone call on Thursday.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan reaffirmed their commitment to increase their bilateral exchanges, particularly in the commercial sphere.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called relations between the two countries “traditional and positive” and said both sides attach “special importance” to their ties and are confident of “optimizing” bilateral cooperation.

He also stressed the need to “facilitate and develop” business relationships and overcome problems related to financial operations.

Relations between Iran and the United Arab Emirates have taken a negative turn over the past two years since Abu Dhabi announced the normalization of its ties with Israel under the aegis of the United States.

Officials from the two neighboring countries have frequently exchanged insults, with Iran warning the UAE against the temptation to let Israel gain a foothold in the region.

The normalization deal has only increased animosity between the two countries stemming from a longstanding dispute between them over three islands in the Persian Gulf region.

However, under the impetus of the new government in Tehran, which wants to pursue good-neighborly policies, efforts are being made to end this hostility and turn the tide in relations with Abu Dhabi.

Importantly, the call between the two officials comes a day after Abdullah bin Zayed’s official visit to Damascus, which Amir-Abdollahian described as a “positive step”.

The upcoming talks between Iran and the world powers in Vienna were also discussed.

Iran’s foreign minister said his country is ready to reach a “good deal,” while other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal should “keep up on their commitments.”

Talks to revive the nuclear deal with Iran are set to resume on November 29 in Vienna.

*Translated from English by Mourad Belhaj

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