Iran's FM criticizes UAE for "hurting" ties

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-28 23:40:47|Editor: yan
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TEHRAN, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iranian foreign minister said on Monday that the ties with Abu Dhabi have drifted into an "unacceptable" course because of the strategic "mistakes" by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leaders over the past years.

"The UAE government, despite maintaining vast economic ties with Iran, has entered an unacceptable confrontational phase in its relations with the Islamic republic because of the political and strategic mistakes of its leaders," Mohammad Javad Zarif told a parliament session.

The UAE has announced that it will comply with the re-imposition of the U.S. sanctions against Iran.

In recent months, Washington's sanctions targeted Iran's shipping sector as well as its banks, oil exports and national airline, a decision that complicated Iranian oil tankers' fueling in the UAE's Fujairah port.

On Monday, Zarif said that Iran was taking necessary diplomatic measures to ensure Abu Dhabi would no longer violate the rights of Iranian traders working in the country.

Meanwhile, Iran was laying required financial ground in other countries in the Gulf region to replace the UAE, he added, referring to the countries that have "better" relations with Iran, namely Oman and Qatar.