The visit by Tahnoun bin Zayed marks the highest-level meeting between the UAE and Iran since tanker attacks in May.2 hours ago
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The national security adviser of the United Arab Emirates, Tahnoun bin Zayed, has been visiting Tehran on a secret mission aiming to defuse the tensions in the Gulf, a senior security source in the UAE told London-based news outlet Middle East Eye (MEE).
MEE contacted the UAE Embassy media office in London but did not receive a reply by the time their story was published.
The visit by Zayed, also the younger brother of UAE crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed, marks the highest-level meeting between Abu Dhabi and Tehran after four tankers off the Emirati port of Fujairah were attacked in May.
The US military accused Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) of being directly responsible for attacks on the tankers. Washington has labelled the IRGC a “terror” group.READ MORE
However, the UAE itself never publicly blamed Tehran.
Last month, Abu Dhabi welcomed an initiative by European leaders to ease tension with Iran and open a diplomatic path.
“With persistence, the E3 [Britain, France and Germany] can open up a new channel of communication and establish greater trust,” the UAE foreign affairs minister, Anwar Gargash, wrote in the Financial Times.
“The UAE, Iran and other states can share the Gulf as normal neighbours, if not as the best of friends.”