Iranian Revolutionary Guards have warned of a “dangerous future” for the UAE over a US-brokered deal that sees the UAE opening diplomatic relations with Israel.
The Iranian guard called this “shameful” and a “perverse action” by the United States that would roll back American influence and bring a “dangerous future” to the government.
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It comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech that the UAE had made a “huge mistake” in normalizing relations with Israel and that this would allow the US ally to “gain a foothold in the region” .
Iran’s foreign ministry issued a statement on Friday denouncing the “shameful decision to normalize relations with the bogus, illegitimate and anti-human Zionist regime”, calling it “a dangerous step”.
President Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed announced on Thursday that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize their relationships.
“This historic diplomatic breakthrough will advance peace in the Middle East region and a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of the three leaders and the courage of the UAE and Israel to chart a new course that will unlock great potential. of the region, ”the statement read. “The three countries face many common challenges and will mutually benefit from today’s historic achievements.”
She said the delegation would meet in the coming weeks to reach agreements on topics such as investment, tourism, technology and the establishment of embassies.
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The statement said the “diplomatic breakthrough” was at the “request of President Trump,” and that Israel “would suspend the declaration of sovereignty over the areas described in the President’s Vision for Peace and focus its efforts now on the expansion of relations with other Arab countries. and the Muslim world. ”
The deal has been hailed by countries like Egypt, Bahrain and Oman, but has been met with hostility by Turkey and the Palestinian Authority – which have called it a “betrayal of Jerusalem, of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Palestinian cause ”.
Israel has quietly maintained ties with the UAE and other Gulf countries for several years as they confront a common enemy in Iran – which has engaged in destabilization activities and support for terrorist groups in the region and elsewhere.
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Meanwhile, the United States has embarked on a “maximum pressure” campaign against the regime in Tehran, since it left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
He imposed sanctions on officials and the Iranian economy, and presented a resolution on Friday to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on the country. Although the resolution failed, the United States warned that it intended to impose the embargo unilaterally.
Brooke Singman of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.