Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi initiated distinct dialogues with Sheikh Tamin Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, Mohammad Shia’ al-Sudani, Iraq’s Prime Minister, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates, on Tuesday. The interactions, marked by mutual felicitations and broad wishes for Eid al-Adha – the Islamic festival exemplifying sacrifice and solidarity – underscored consolidating bilateral relationships.
Qatar, Iraq, and UAE’s leaders, in the course of these conversations, openly articulated their aspiration to amplify the comprehensive advancement of ties with Iran.
These telephonic exchanges emerge against a background of subtle, yet tangible, thaw in Iran’s relations with several Arab neighbors, following the restoration of its diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia earlier this year after a seven-year rift.
Coincidentally or consequently, these presidential exchanges are occurring in tandem with Hossein Amirabdollahian, Iran’s Foreign Minister, partaking in diplomatic journeys to Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and the UAE. He proposed creating a mechanism for dialogue and cooperation amongst Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar, further emphasizing the inclination toward strengthened inter-country relationships.