The foreign ministers of longstanding regional foes Iran and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have held rare talks on a number of bilateral and regional points, together with the outbreak of coronavirus within the Middle East.
In a video name on Sunday throughout which additionally they exchanged greetings for the Muslim Eid al-Adha vacation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan informed his Iranian counterpart that strengthening bilateral cooperation was essential in tackling COVID-19, in line with WAM, the Emirati, state information company.
For his half, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian foreign minister, stated in a Twitter submit that it was “a very substantive, frank and friendly video conversation” on COVID-19 in addition to “bilateral, regional and global situations”.
“We agreed to continue dialogue on theme of hope – especially as region faces tough challenges, and tougher choices ahead,” he wrote.
Just had a really substantive, frank and pleasant video dialog with UAE FM @ABZayed, discussing Covid in addition to bilateral, regional and world conditions.
We agreed to proceed dialog on theme of hope—particularly as area faces robust challenges, and more durable selections forward. pic.twitter.com/lPNsujwtM3
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 2, 2020
Iran has lengthy been at odds with the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Gulf Arab allies of the United States.
Tensions between decades-long rivals Washington and Tehran have been on the rise since 2018, when US President Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal signed in 2015 between Iran and world powers and reimposed crippling sanctions on the Iranian financial system.
Washington blamed a sequence of assaults in opposition to oil pursuits within the Gulf final 12 months on Iran, whereas the UAE didn’t publicly maintain a selected nation accountable. Iran denied the allegations.
The two ministers additionally held a phone name in March during which Sheikh Abdullah expressed the UAE’s assist for Iran throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Iran, battling the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak, on Sunday additionally reported its highest single-day an infection rely in practically a month, warning that almost all of its provinces have been hit by a resurgence of COVID-19.
It has to this point registered greater than 309,000 confirmed instances and 17,000 associated deaths, whereas the UAE has recorded practically 61,000 infections and 351 fatalities from the coronavirus.