A senior Iranian official said today, Wednesday, that “a senior Emirati official will visit Tehran soon”, at the head of a high-level delegation.
While the Iranian official did not reveal the identity of the senior Emirati official, media reports revealed that Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s National Security Adviser, is about to visit Tehran soon.
The British-based Amwaj Media website said that “the National Security Adviser of the United Arab Emirates is scheduled to travel to Iran on a rare visit.”
An “informed source in Abu Dhabi” was quoted as saying that “Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan will travel to the Iranian capital next week for talks.”
The site pointed out that the upcoming visit comes in the context of recent meetings with senior US officials, as Tehran and Washington prepare to resume indirect nuclear talks in Vienna later this month.
On Monday, Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic advisor to the President of the UAE, said that his country was taking steps to calm tensions with Iran as part of the option of diplomacy and avoiding confrontation.
Gargash said that the UAE is still very concerned about Iran’s behavior in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Lebanon.
This comes in conjunction with an Emirati rapprochement with Turkey and the announcement by Abu Dhabi of an Arab conciliatory diplomatic leadership with Syria, which the UAE Foreign Minister began by meeting al-Assad last week.