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UAE says Iran has undermined regional security since nuclear deal

Foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah said regional interference in Arab affairs has aggravated conflicts in the region

UAE says Iran has undermined regional security since nuclear deal
United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan delivers a speech during the inauguration of the Louvre museum in Paris. (Christophe Petit Tesson/AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE's foreign minister has expressed concern over Iran's actions that he said have caused “tension and instability in the region.”

Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, said Iran had wasted no time in undermining regional security since it sealed a nuclear deal with world powers last year.

"Regional interference in Arab affairs, mainly perpetrated by Iran, the only country in the world with a constitution that explicitly calls for exporting its revolution, has aggravated conflicts in the region,” Sheikh Abdullah said, citing what he saw as Iran’s expansionist regional policies, flagrant violations of the principles of sovereignty, and constant interference in the international affairs of its neighbouring countries.

"Against all optimistic expectations, Iran wasted no time in continuing its efforts to undermine the security of the region, through aggressive rhetoric, blatant interference, producing and arming militias, developing its ballistic missile program, in addition to its alarming designation as a state sponsor of terrorism."

He said that a number of Arab countries, including Yemen, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Somalia, have descended into internal fighting. The past few years have proven that solutions based on crisis management are ineffective.

"Settling for managing the crises, bandaging the wounds, repeating charitable humanitarian efforts or holding recurring international conferences are no substitutes for solving these crises," he said.

"Therefore, joint international efforts must focus on finding fundamental solutions for these conflicts."

Sheikh Abdullah said that countering terrorist groups is a right and duty of all states. "Resorting to blindly placed laws that ignore the effective role played by a number of states in countering terrorism after the suffering of others, such as the US Congress JASTA, will lead to further arbitrary policies and destabilise the existing strong relationships between allies," he added.

*With input from Reuters