UAE minister slams Iran for 'expanding influence'

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash described the policies of Iran as "sectarian" ones

UAE minister slams Iran for 'expanding influence'

World Bulletin/News Desk

A United Arab Emirates (UAE) minister warned on Sunday against what he described as Iran's continual attempts to expand its influence in Arab countries, saying these attempts threatened Iran's relations with the countries of the Gulf in particular and its relations with Arab countries in general.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash even described the policies of Iran as "sectarian" ones.

"Iran's penchant for expanding its influence in the Arab world threatens its relations with the countries of the Gulf in particular and its relations with Arab countries in general," Gargash said.

Addressing attendees at a seminar in Abu Dhabi on strategic dialogue, Gargash said Iran interfered in Bahrain, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

He described Iranian policies as "sectarian" ones that exacerbate tensions in the region. The UAE minister noted that friendly relations would prevail between Arab countries, on one hand, and Iran, on the other, only when there is noninterference and respect for the sovereignty of countries.

Political relations between Iran and the United Arab Emirates have started to worsen ever since Iran occupied three UAE islands in 1971 after the pullout of British troops from them.

The UAE has always been demanding the withdrawal of the Iranian military from the three islands in almost all international meetings and forums.

Apart from Iran, Gargash invited the international community to offer economic support to Egypt, warning against chaos in the country if economic conditions in it do not improve in the future.

"The success of any strategy for peace, stability and moderation in the Arab world hinges on Egypt's success," Gargash said.

He said Egypt's stability would be the cornerstone for regional stability and the prevention of extremism in the region.

Egypt has slid into anarchy a short time after a popular uprising ended the autocracy of longstanding president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The country returned to violence yet again in July 2013 when the military ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi following protests against his government.

Morsi's supporters have been protesting against his ouster for a whole year now, but the authorities have been meeting these protests either with violence or with arrests.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ekim 2014, 23:27

Muhammed Öylek

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