Iran official in Kuwait and UAE ahead of nuclear talks

ABU DHABI (AFP) – A senior Iranian official visited Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, state media said, days before he heads for talks with world powers on his country’s nuclear programme.

The visit by Tehran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri, is the first to Gulf Arab states by an official of the new government of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi.

On Wednesday Bagheri, who is also Iran’s deputy foreign minister, travelled to Abu Dhabi where he met Anwar Gargash, adviser to the UAE president.

The discussions focussed on strengthening “ties on the basis of good neighbourliness and mutual respect” and developing economic and trade links, the official Emirati news agency
WAM said.

On Thursday, Bagheri visited Kuwait where he spoke of “deep ties” between the two countries, according to the official KUNA agency.

Commenting on his tour, Bagheri said there was agreement to “open a new chapter” with the UAE and to “open new horizons” with Kuwait.

Talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers are due to resume in Vienna on Monday, after a suspension since June.

The deal has been gradually disintegrating since former United States (US) president Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018. US President Joe Biden’s administration said it is working to return the US to the accord.

The Gulf Arab monarchies are said to be concerned that concessions could be made to Iran in the talks.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri. PHOTO: AFP