Rapid development of its relationship with Tehran. Will the surprises end with the announcement of an alliance between them?!

Rapid development of its relationship with Tehran. Will the surprises end with the announcement of an alliance between them?!


Until just a month ago, the publication of a position or statement was beyond plausible, but this month the UAE and Iran surprised observers with positions, statements and information about their relationship, and about related files, such as the situation in Yemen, which make observers believe that this accelerated transformation will culminate in an announcement swore between them in the region.

These shifts in relationship began after the Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the acting UAE ambassador on June 22, 2019, following the shooting down of a U.S. drone said to have originated from a U.S. military base in the UAE.

The following are the most important steps, positions and statements monitored by Al-Masdar online, which can measure the rapid improvement of Abu Dhabi's relationship with Tehran:

June 22, 2019

A private source told Al-Masdar Online that tanks and military vehicles belonging to UAE left the port of Oil, west of Aden, in the south of the country for the first time since it arrived in the coastal city nearly four years ago.

According to the source, Emirati soldiers, vehicles and tanks left the port of al-Buraiqa directorate on board an Emirati military vessel, but it was not clear where the ship left and the nature of the reasons for the departure of the troops.

June 28, 2019

According to Reuters, UAE forces in Yemen have reduced their military presence due to growing threats in the Arabian Gulf and the escalating crisis between Iran and America.

Two diplomats said the UAE had withdrawn some troops from the southern port of Aden and from Yemen’s west coast, where it formed the UAE and armed local forces leading the fight against the Iranian-allied Houthi group on the Red Sea coast.

June 29, 2019

A Yemeni military source confirmed that the UAE has begun to partially withdraw its troops from Marib and Aden.

July 8, 2019

A senior UAE official announced that there is a reduction in the number of its troops in several areas of Yemen as part of the "redeployment" plan for "strategic and tactical" reasons, explaining that Abu Dhabi is moving from the "strategy of military force" to the "peace first" plan in Yemen.

"There is a reduction in the number of troops for strategic reasons in Hodeidah (in western Yemen) and for tactical reasons in other areas," the official said during a meeting with reporters in Dubai on condition of anonymity.

"It's about moving from the strategy of military force first to the strategy of peace first," he said.

A military official in Yemen's internationally recognized government said that the UAE "completely evacuated Al-Khokha Camp, south of Hodeidah, and handed it over to Yemeni forces a few days ago, and withdrew part of its heavy weapons."

"But they (the UAE forces) are still managing the military situation on the west coast fully with the Yemeni forces as part of the Saudi-led coalition operations," he said.

July 11, 2019

Four informed sources said that Saudi forces in Yemen have taken measures to secure two strategic ports in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait after its main ally, the UAE, significantly reduced its military presence there.

July 12, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said there were indications that the UAE might pursue new policies in the region, saying that "this will be in the interest of its government." Zarif said in an interview with Iran-funded Al-Mayadeen tv that his country wants "our neighbors in the region not to go to a new group and to return to its lap."

July 13, 2019

Under the headline "Foundations for a Settlement with Iran", in soft language, the UAE Al-Khaleej newspaper published an article saying that the Gulf States, including the UAE, were once only peace-loving countries seeking stability, security and prosperity, adhering to international law, and returning no one, It has not abandoned its role as part of the international system to participate in all forums, meetings and conferences, with the aim of maintaining security and peace, as a goal sought by all nations of the earth.

It added: The UAE, like other Arab Gulf states, is not hostile to Iran, and does not want to harm it, it is a neighboring country, part of the region, and has a common history with it, but we want it to act as a state and not a "revolution", and to abide by international law, good neighborly relations, and stop interfering in the affairs of others, and not to pose a danger to them.

"In that sense, a political settlement with Iran is necessary. a clear and frank settlement, without ambiguity or confrontation, establishes new and equal relations based on mutual respect and achieves the goal of security, stability and peace for the countries of the region.

July 14, 2019

Dr. Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, who is close to the Abu Dhabi authorities, said that the decision to withdraw the UAE from Yemen would be a defining moment in the war of Yemen, adding in an article on CNN: No one can yet decide to withdraw its troops from Yemen, to blame the UAE for being responsible for prolonging the war in Yemen.

"This strategic decision will have deep, positive and far-reaching military and political consequences if it is well received by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group. The UAE's decision to reduce its troops could create fertile ground for reviving peace efforts and ending the war in Yemen. If well understood in Tehran, the decision could also have a huge impact on easing regional tensions and tensions that reached unprecedented levels in 2019. The ball is now in the court of the Houthi and Iranian opponents, and they have to respond to the UAE's move with better move."

July 14, 2019

Amir Mousavi, a former adviser to Iran’s defense ministry, revealed that UAE officials had recently visited Tehran and that their visits were continuing, saying that "discussions between the two sides are ongoing and there are indications that there may be some rapprochement."

The former Iranian diplomat, in an interview with the Iranian website "Ferraro", added that "the UAE received a sharp message during the summoning of the Iranian Foreign Ministry acting its embassy in Tehran, "against the background of the launch of the US drone plane shot down by the Iranian air defense last month from UAE territory.

He noted that the Foreign Ministry warned Abu Dhabi "of its secret actions against Tehran," before stressing that "the UAE government took the message seriously that the Iranian armed forces will not be silent if these incidents are repeated."

"Abu Dhabi knows that any small movement against Iran will lead to the collapse of the facilities and security of this glass state," he said, noting that Tehran assured an Emirati delegation, which had recently visited, that the UAE should abandon its hostile actions and policies toward Iran.

He noted that Iranian officials put the Emiratis in front of the "details of their actions,"" stressing that "what the UAE intelligence services are doing in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is being monitored."

"There is an opportunity for the UAE to reconsider its behavior," he said, adding that meetings and discussions between Tehran and Abu Dhabi are continuing, expecting to reach "the signing of a non-aggression agreement between the countries of the region if the UAE follows appropriate behavior."

"I am aware that the visits are continuing and may yield results," he said, adding that Abu Dhabi "has received assurances from Tehran that it is not seeking revenge."

Mousavi called the UAE's withdrawal from Yemen "one step", calling on Abu Dhabi to take further steps toward Iran.

"The UAE understands that it has to know its limits and that it has nothing but money and Israeli and U.S. support," he said, adding that "it is moving toward Tehran and that if it abandons its policies, Iran is ready to embrace it as a small neighbor."

Mousavi also stressed that "as the UAE approaches us, the confrontations in the region will decrease," he said, adding that Abu Dhabi "knows that Iran's patience has limits and therefore they have come to the conclusion that they have to back down a little bit against Iran, but we are waiting for what will happen in the future."

Mid-July 2019

In an interview with Turkey's TRT, a Houthi military spokesman said there were secret channels of communication with the UAE about the withdrawal process, and that a media normalization with the UAE had already taken place, as the Houthi media had no longer indicated the UAE's military role in Yemen since then, according to those understandings.

July 21, 2019

The Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen is preparing for a new phase of political war, said Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs.

"The coalition is preparing for the next phase with its political and military tools and with determination to achieve its strategic objectives," Gargash said in a tweet on his documented account.

Gargash said the Arab coalition has achieved a set of strategic objectives in Yemen, led by "repelling attempts to change strategic balances in the region, the return of the state and the liberation of the land."

Gargash said in his tweet that the Arab coalition in the Yemen war is only "a project of political stability and sustainability" for the Arab coalition in the Yemen war.

July 25, 2019

Hizbullah Deputy Secretary General Naeem Qassem revealed that there are secret channels of communication between the Houthi group and the UAE to organize the issue of withdrawal from Yemen.

"My information is that there is dialogue, discussion and normal diplomatic communication between Iran and the UAE, and this has not been interrupted, even at the level of the intelligence services, communicating with each other," Qassem said in an interview with Iran-funded Al-Mayadeen tv channel. What are the limits on which they are discussing Yemen? That's not what I know."

July 30, 2019

The arrival of an Emirati military delegation to Tehran led by the commander of the UAE Coast Guard, Mohammad Ali Musleh al-Hababi, who met with the commander of the Iranian border guards, Qassim Rezai, and the official Iranian news agency published a picture of them shaking hands, and said that Iran and the UAE agreed on the need to strengthen Diplomatic relations and ensuring the security of the Gulf waters.

"By improving bilateral cooperation, we can hold two meetings annually in Tehran and Abu Dhabi, as well as field meetings in the border areas between the leaders of the two countries to contain and resolve border problems," the Iranian security chief said. He said the meeting of the UAE military delegation is an important station for achieving security cooperation between the two countries, and that the common border with the UAE must be managed by strengthening joint field communication.

Mohammed Ali Musleh al- Hababi, commander of the UAE Coast Guard, welcomed the development of border relations between the two countries and stressed that strengthening relations with Iran can ensure the security of Gulf waters. Al- Hababi, according to Iranian media, stressed that the intervention of some countries, which he did not specify, is causing problems in the region, which calls for improved relations to establish security in the Gulf and the Sea of Oman.


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