2022 – Iran responds to UAE concerns about Tehran’s nuclear plans By Reuters

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran told the United Arab Emirates on Saturday that Tehran was making improving relations with its neighbors a top priority, Iranian state media reported, a day after the UAE raised concerns about Tehran’s nuclear programme.

The United Arab Emirates’ envoy to the United Nations nuclear watchdog said on Friday that he hopes Iran will work with the agency to provide assurances to the international community and the region over Tehran’s nuclear programme.

State media said that Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabad Allahian, in a phone call with his Emirati counterpart, referred to “the priority of neighbors in Iranian foreign policy and called for more consultations … to expand bilateral relations.”

In 2019, the US-allied United Arab Emirates began doing business with Iran after years of strained relations.

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled since March, and Tehran has restricted the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to oversee Iran’s nuclear program after a row with the United Nations regulator.

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