TEHRAN (AFP) – A top Emirati security official is scheduled to visit Iran on Monday, according to the ISNA news agency, in the latest outreach between the two nations since ties were severed five years ago.
According to the semi-official news agency, UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan “will arrive tomorrow in Tehran” at the request of Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
It will be the first visit to Iran by an official from the United Arab Emirates since the Gulf state severed ties with the Islamic republic in 2016.
Following Saudi Arabia’s killing of a respected Shiite cleric, demonstrators assaulted Saudi diplomatic offices in Iran.
Shiite-majority Since April, Iran and its Sunni adversary Saudi Arabia have undertaken many rounds of talks aimed at mending relations.
“The growth and strengthening of bilateral ties, as well as the analysis of regional trends,” according to ISNA, would be discussed during Sheikh Tahnoun’s visit.
The expedition comes after Ali Bagheri, Iran’s senior nuclear negotiator, visited the UAE and Kuwait on November 26.
Bagheri visited Anwar Gargash, the UAE president’s adviser, in Abu Dhabi.
Bagheri stated at the time that there was agreement to “start a new chapter” with the UAE and “open new horizons” with Kuwait, which is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, along with Saudi Arabia and the Emirates.
The UAE and Iran have remained vital business partners.
Bagheri will meet with Sheikh Tahnoun before Iran-major global powers negotiations restart in Vienna later this week.
After resuming five days earlier, discussions on Iran’s nuclear programme came to a close on Friday.
Washington cautioned Iran on Saturday that it will not be allowed to “slow walk” the nuclear talks while ramping up its nuclear programmes.
The US is an indirect participant in the discussions with Iran, the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, and Russia.
Iran has always maintained that its nuclear programme is entirely benign.