President receives Iranian Foreign Minister

WAM Al AIN, 4th December, 2013 (WAM) — President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan today welcomed the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is currently visiting the country as part of a Gulf tour, at Al Rawda Palace in Al Ain.

Sheikh Khalifa said that the U.A.E. welcomed the developments witnessed by Iran and the signing of an initial agreement on its peaceful nuclear programme, highlighting that the U.A.E. is looking forward to strengthening security and stability in the region and to boosting cooperation between the two countries for the benefit of their people.

During his meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister, His Highness the President reviewed the relations between the two countries, and GCC-Iranian relations, in addition to the various developments in the regional and international arenas.

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa conveyed his greetings to the Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, wishing him good health and further progress and prosperity for the Iranian people.

The Iranian minister also reciprocated to Sheikh Khalifa the greetings of President Rouhani and Iran’s appreciation of the U.A.E.’s stance towards the initial agreement between Iran and the P5+1 countries and the United States on its peaceful nuclear programme.

He delivered an invitation from the Iranian President to Sheikh Khalifa to visit Tehran, which His Highness thankfully accepted, to be determined at a later date.

The Iranian minister offered congratulations to the United Arab Emirates on the occasion of the U.A.E.’s 42nd National Day anniversary and the winning of Dubai’s bid to host EXPO 2020, wishing the country and its people further progress and prosperity under the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The minister stated that the new Iranian government, headed by Hassan Rohani, is keen to strengthen its relations with the Gulf countries, stressing that Iran attaches great importance to relations with its neighbouring countries, especially the United Arab Emirates.

The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Ruler`s Representative in the Eastern Region, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Advisor to the U.A.E. President, in addition to a number of senior officials and the members of the delegation accompanying the Iranian minister.

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