UPDATE 1-UAE strives to send envoy to Iran, against anti-Iranian axis

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PARIS, July 15 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates is scrambling to send an ambassador to Tehran as it seeks to rebuild bridges with Iran, the president’s diplomatic adviser said on Friday, adding that the idea of a confrontational approach to Iran was not something Abu Dhabi. supported.

The UAE began engaging with Iran in 2019 following attacks on oil tankers off Gulf waters and on Saudi energy infrastructure and has held direct talks ever since. His climate change minister was in Tehran earlier this week.

“Our conversation is ongoing…we are in the process of sending an ambassador to Tehran. All these areas of bridge reconstruction are ongoing,” Anwar Gargash told reporters ahead of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s visit to Paris. .

Abu Dhabi still shared concerns about Iran’s regional activities, but wanted to work hard to find diplomatic solutions, he said.

Asked about talk of an anti-Iranian alliance to counter its regional activities, Gargash said a NATO in the Middle East was a “theoretical” concept and confrontation in Abu Dhabi was not an option.

“The UAE will not be part of any group of countries that takes confrontation as a direction, but we have serious problems with Iran with its regional policy.”

However, he said the UAE could be part of anything that protects the country from drones and missiles as long as they don’t target a third country. (Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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