UAE Terms Security a Top Priority for Iraq

The United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan viewed establishment of security as Iraq’s top priority. Al-Nuhayyan made the remarks in a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday, where the two sides discussed bilateral ties and regional issues, a report released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said.

Also during the meeting, Mottaki noted the two countries’ proper trade ties, and said although there reside no problems in the two countries’ cooperation and relations in the trade sector, there exist some other economic areas which need to receive due attention as they have already been ignored.

“Of course, the new steps, taken to resolve the problems, portray a good prospect for Iran-UAE economic relations and ties,” he continued.

Regarding regional issues, the Iranian minister pointed to the developments in Iraq, and highlighted the direct link between stability, tranquility and security of Iraq and those of the region.

“To establish security in the region, we must double our efforts to assist the popular government of Iraq,” he underlined.

For his part, the UAE foreign minister reminded that the good projects defined by the two ministers in their previous meetings could help promote the two countries’ ties and cooperation in the different economic grounds, and further voiced his country’s preparedness to start cooperation with Iran in the investment sector.

Concerning regional issues, Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan stressed that security sets the top priority for Iraq, and called for collective cooperation by all relevant parties to establish security in that country.

Elsewhere, he stated UAE’s readiness to cooperate with Iran in the reconstruction of Lebanon, saying, “We have undertaken to help Lebanon with the reconstruction of schools, hospitals and residential units and we are ready to cooperate with Iran in this ground, i.e. reconstruction of Lebanon.”

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