UAE national security adviser to visit Iran on Monday: media

UAE national security adviser to visit Iran on Monday: Iranian media
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05 December, 2021
The UAE's national security adviser will head a delegation to the Iranian capital on Monday as part of efforts to improve ties between long-time rivals Abu Dhabi and Tehran.
Al Nahyan (3rd from left) will meet with Iran's president and foreign minister during his visit [Getty- file photo]

UAE’s National Security Adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan will visit Iran’s capital on Monday at the head of a high-ranking delegation, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

The visit to Tehran came at the invitation of the Secretary of the Iranian National Security Council Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Noor News agency said.

The Emirati official is expected to meet with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Amir Hussein Abdollahian, sources told The New Arab’s Arabic language site Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.

This will be the first public visit for Al Nahyan to Tehran, as he "secretly" visited Iran several times in previous years, according to these sources.

The visit comes as part of efforts to improve ties between the rival nations.

The UAE started engaging with Iran in 2019 following attacks on tankers off Gulf waters and on Saudi energy infrastructure.

Saudi Arabia began direct talks with Iran in April, with Riyadh describing the talks as "cordial" but largely exploratory.

The Gulf has long accused Iran of destabilising the Middle East through its support of proxy Shia militias and intervening in countries affairs, such as Houthi rebels in Yemen, armed factions in Iraq and the paramilitary Hezbollah movement in Lebanon.