News ID: 273862
Published: 0119 GMT September 07, 2020

Iran urges UAE to make up for mistakes over ties with Israel

Iran urges UAE to make up for mistakes over ties with Israel

Iran on Monday called on the United Arab Emirates to make up for its “strategic mistake” of normalizing ties with Israel.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Emirati officials were busy perpetrating two types of “strategic mistake” by trying to endear themselves to Israel and its biggest ally, the US, Press TV reported.

He identified the first type as a “cognitive” mistake about the UAE’s standing in the region and the world on the one hand and the US and Israel’s position across the international community on the other. A second type of mistake that has afflicted the Emirates’ calculations is Abu Dhabi trying to “buy security” from extra-regional sources, the official noted.

“We have witnessed these types of mistakes a lot in this region. [Former Iraqi dictator] Saddam [Hussein] made the same mistake,” the spokesman said.

He hoped, however, that the Emirates would make up for its mistakes, warning, “Iran does not joke with anyone when it comes to the issue of its national security.”

Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv normalized their relations last month in a move that was vehemently condemned by all Palestinian factions, the Islamic Republic and several Muslim nations.

Khatibzadeh also described the Islamic Republic of Iran’s support for Palestine and all oppressed people as an indispensable principle, saying Tehran welcomes the vigilance of Palestinians.


‘Trump taking advantage of Serbia, Kosovo’

The Iranian official referred to a recent US-brokered deal between Kosovo and Serbia, as part of which Washington demanded the former likewise set up ties with Israel and the latter relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy occupied city of Al-Quds.

Khatibzadeh called the pressure exerted on the countries a “heinous election” ploy by US President Donald Trump, considering it unlikely for the international community to accommodate such maneuvers.


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