TEHRAN — Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian sat down with Emirati President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed on Thursday, as part of growing efforts that have seen Tehran mending strained ties with regional Arab rivals.
The government-run IRNA news agency said Amir-Abdollahian had conveyed Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's formal invitation to his Emirati counterpart to visit Tehran.
Iran and the United Arab Emirates relaunched diplomatic ties last August following a six-year hiatus. In 2016, Abu Dhabi followed the suit of its ally, Saudi Arabia, which shut down its Iran missions after they were stormed by Iranian hard-liners enraged by the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric.
Yet as recently as last week, Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan was in Tehran as part of a China-brokered reconciliation deal in March that triggered a surprise push for an end to seven years of hostilities.