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Despite heightened regional tensions, UAE seeks de-escalation with Iran

The UAE government has been taking steps toward easing tensions with Iran as a safety precaution in the event of a major military conflict between Tehran and Washington.
UAE Navy boats are seen next to Al Marzoqah, Saudi Arabian tanker, off the Port of Fujairah, UAE May 13, 2019.REUTERS/Satish Kumar - RC1AA0D0CE30

Only four months ago, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif publicly included United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed in the "B-Team" of warmongers alongside US national security adviser John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The four, according to the top Iranian diplomat, have been busy persuading US President Donald Trump to ignite an unnecessary war with Iran.

The past four months have witnessed a series of fast-paced developments in the Persian Gulf, with the entire region pushed to the brink of serious conflict. Surprisingly, however, ties between Iran and the UAE are improving as the two seem to be more or less on a de-escalation track.

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