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A change in foreign policy is needed for normalisation of Iran-UAE relations

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Iran's relations with neighbouring Arab states have experienced many ups and downs in recent years. Qatar and Oman have mostly had good relations with Iran, but those with the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been tense.

Boosting ties with neighbouring states has been a foreign policy priority for most Iranian governments since the revolution, but this has faced many challenges. Last month, at the World Policy Conference in Dubai, the UAE's Adviser on Foreign Affairs and former foreign minister Anwar Gargash stressed the UAE's will to resolve tensions with Iran and Turkey through dialogue to avoid a new confrontation in the region.

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the overall reduction of its presence and role in the Middle East have led to the beginning of a new era. China is the major priority in US foreign policy for President Joe Biden. Insecurity in the region, especially along the main oil-energy transit routes, is not in the interests of any Middle East country.

In the first seven months of this year, the balance of trade between Iran and the UAE reached a record low of about $6 billion. This is important because the UAE has been one of the main gateways for the export of Iranian goods. The value of goods imported from the UAE to Iran in the first seven months of this year was $8.6bn, an increase of 82 per cent over the same period last year. According to the head of the Iran-UAE Joint Chamber of Commerce, during the same period, the value of goods exported from........

© Middle East Monitor

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