United Arab Emirates premier arrives in Tehran

The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum, arrived in Tehran Monday as the highest-ranking UAE official visit to Iran after the victory of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, official news agency IRNA reported.

United Arab Emirates premier arrives in Tehran
During his two-day visit, Maktoum is to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and probably also with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Topping the agenda will be the territorial dispute over the three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Mussa in the Persian Gulf, which are claimed by Abu Dhabi. Tehran has however constantly stressed that the three islands would forever remain Iranian.

While the UAE wants to take the case to the international courts, Tehran prefers the dispute to be settled through bilateral negotiations.

As Iran's largest trading partner in the Persian Gulf, the UAE sheikhdom however would prefer to avoid tensions with its mighty neighbour despite its claim over the three islands.

Tehran is also expected to reassure the UAE prime minister that Iran's nuclear projects would be no threat to the Arab Persian Gulf states.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Şubat 2008, 19:12