Skip to main content

Iran's deputy foreign minister pledges 'new chapter' in Iran-UAE relations

Iran's deputy foreign minister, Ali Bagheri Kani, met with senior Emirati officials in Dubai on Wednesday.
Iranian diplomat and political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Ali Bagheri Kani.

Iran and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to usher in a “new chapter” in their relations, Iran's deputy foreign minister said following his trip to the Gulf country on Wednesday.

Ali Bagheri Kani, who also serves as Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, met in Dubai with UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Khalifa Shaheen and Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic adviser to the Emirati president. 

Emirati state news agency WAM said the meeting “emphasized the importance of strengthening relations on the basis of good neighborliness and mutual respect.”

“We agreed to open a new chapter,” Kani tweeted following his meeting with the senior Emirati officials, whom he described as “friendly and cordial.”

The two countries maintain diplomatic relations despite often being at loggerheads over the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. Last year, Iran slammed the UAE’s decision to strike a normalization accord with Israel.

The UAE has called for “collective diplomacy” between the Gulf states and Iran and says it has taken steps to de-escalate tensions. In 2019, Abu Dhabi refrained from directly blaming Tehran for an attack on four oil tankers off the Emirati coast. 

Kani’s visit to the UAE comes as the United States and other world powers prepare for the resumption of nuclear negotiations in Vienna that are scheduled for Nov. 29. 

Abu Dhabi supported former President Donald Trump’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, in part because the deal didn’t address Iran’s ballistic missile program and proxy activity in the region. President Joe Biden has sought to resurrect the deal, which offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. 

US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley and other senior officials recently visited the UAE, as well as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, to discuss the upcoming seventh round of nuclear talks.

Join hundreds of Middle East professionals with Al-Monitor PRO.

Business and policy professionals use PRO to monitor the regional economy and improve their reports, memos and presentations. Try it for free and cancel anytime.

Already a Member? Sign in


The Middle East's Best Newsletters

Join over 50,000 readers who access our journalists dedicated newsletters, covering the top political, security, business and tech issues across the region each week.
Delivered straight to your inbox.


What's included:
Our Expertise

Free newsletters available:

  • The Takeaway & Week in Review
  • Middle East Minute (AM)
  • Daily Briefing (PM)
  • Business & Tech Briefing
  • Security Briefing
  • Gulf Briefing
  • Israel Briefing
  • Palestine Briefing
  • Turkey Briefing
  • Iraq Briefing

Premium Membership

Join the Middle East's most notable experts for premium memos, trend reports, live video Q&A, and intimate in-person events, each detailing exclusive insights on business and geopolitical trends shaping the region.

$25.00 / month
billed annually

Become Member Start with 1-week free trial
What's included:
Our Expertise

Memos - premium analytical writing: actionable insights on markets and geopolitics.

Live Video Q&A - Hear from our top journalists and regional experts.

Special Events - Intimate in-person events with business & political VIPs.

Trend Reports - Deep dive analysis on market updates.

We also offer team plans. Please send an email to and we'll onboard your team.

Already a Member? Sign in