IN PICS: Sheikh Mohammed visits Iran and Syria

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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meets with UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum in Tehran on February 18. (Getty Images)
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Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (right) meets with UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum in Tehran on February 18. (Getty Images)
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Iran's first vice president, Parviz Davoudi, (right) also met with United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum in Tehran. (Getty Images)
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UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum in Tehran. (Getty Images)
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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad receives UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum at al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus on February 18. The Emirati premier arrived in Damascus from Iran where he held talks with officials on boosting trade links and other regional issues. (Getty Images)
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Syrian president Bashar al-Assad receives UAE Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al-Maktoum at al-Shaab presidential palace in Damascus on February 18. (Getty Images)