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Top Iran official meets UAE's Mohammed bin Zayed after Saudi thaw

On his trip to Abu Dhabi, Iran's Ali Shamkhani spoke of "constructive" engagement as Tehran is exhausting all channels to push back on its growing isolation. 
Ali Shamkhani with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

TEHRAN — Less than a week into a key reconciliation pact with arch-foe Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Republic sent its security chief to the United Arab Emirates, where he was received by UAE's President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, in hopes of warmer ties, and unblocking Iran's assets . 

According to the official IRNA news agency, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, sat down with Emirati national security adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Thursday to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues. Shamkhani is the lead negotiator for Iran in the Saudi deal brokered by China. 

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