UAE official says time to handle rivalry with Iran and Turkey


DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates is attempting to handle long-running rivalries with Iran and Turkey by way of dialogue to keep away from any new confrontations within the area because the Gulf state hones in on its economic system submit COVID-19, a senior official stated.

Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, instructed a convention on Saturday there was uncertainty in regards to the United States dedication to the area and concern a few “looming cold war” between Washington and Beijing.

Gulf states, which have robust financial ties with China, are additionally closely reliant on the U.S. army umbrella and are carefully watching talks between world powers and Iran to revive a 2015 nuclear pact in addition to the Taliban’s return to energy in Afghanistan after the U.S. withdrawal.

“We will see in the coming period really what is going on with regards to America’s footprint in the region. I don’t think we know yet, but Afghanistan is definitely a test and to be honest it is a very worrying test,” Gargash stated.

“Part of what we need to do is manage our region better. There is a vacuum and whenever there is a vacuum there is trouble,” he instructed the World Policy Conference.

The UAE has moved to de-escalate tensions by participating with non-Arab Iran and Turkey, whose affect it had moved to counter in conflicts in Yemen, Libya and elsewhere within the area.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia imagine the 2015 nuclear pact was flawed for not addressing Iran’s missiles programme and community of regional proxies. The UAE has additionally moved to fight Islamist teams such because the Muslim Brotherhood which Gulf states see as a menace to their dynastic system of rule. learn extra

“Turkey’s recent re-examination of its policies towards Egypt, the Brotherhood and towards Saudi Arabia and others is very welcome. And I think for us to come mid-way and reach out is very important,” Gargash stated.

“The Turks have been very positive about what we are saying to them,” he stated. “Am I very positive about the reach out to Iran? Yes I am. Am I very positive that Iran will change its regional course? I have to say I am more realistic here, but I am betting Iran is also concerned about vacuum and escalation.”

Gargash stated the pandemic positioned non-political priorities on the forefront and {that a} principal concern now was being caught in between the United States and China.

“We are all worried very much by a looming cold war. That is bad news for all of us, because the idea of choosing is problematic in the international system, and I think this is not going to be an easy ride,” he stated.

Reporting by Ghaida Ghantous; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, speaks at an event at Chatham House in London, Britain July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall