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Cut business ties with Iran, urges Dubai security chief

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Bin Tamim sparks row on Twitter with controversial comments

Cut business ties with Iran, urges Dubai security chief
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Bin Tamim, head of general security for the Emirate of Dubai.

The UAE should cut commercial ties with Iran and force Iranian shopkeepers to leave the country within three years, Dubai’s security chief has stated.

Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Bin Tamim, head of general security for the Emirate of Dubai, said the Iranian authorities would not permit Emiratis to “open a shack” in their country, therefore no Iranian should be able to launch commercial operations in the UAE.

Bin Tamim made the controversial comments on Twitter, according to local media, sparking a row on social media over the weekend.

He reportedly said the UAE authorities should cease renewing trade licences for Iranian businesses and ask business owners to leave the country within three years.

He further claimed: “China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa are a thousand times better than Iran for commercial trading.”

According to 7Days, he added: “Within three years, we must ask all Iranian shop owners to leave the country and not to renew their trade licence. Our people need to open those shops instead of Iranians.”

Khalfan, who has 1.3 million Twitter followers, also said Iranian products should be banned from sale in all Gulf States, to fight Iran’s “reckless behaviour”, it was reported.

Iran has been accused of supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen – although it denies this. However, the UAE downgraded its diplomatic presence in Iran after protestors stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in January.

Khlafan tweeted: “Every dirham spent on Iranian goods will go towards killing more Syrians and will be used in buying weapons and explosives.

“Leave the Iranian goods on their shelves. Investment in Iran is just like investment for Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.”

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