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UAE FM Rejects Arabs' Aid for Invasion of Iran

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- The United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan termed rumors and reports about Arab states' assistance with a possible attack on Iran as unwise and insane.

Speaking to reporters during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki here on Tuesday, al-Nuhayyan lauded the two countries' extensive relations, and said that the United Arab Emirates and Iran are due to expand mutual cooperation through forming joint committees and encouraging more investments in the two countries.

"The said committees are due to study different grounds for enhanced cooperation," he added.

The top diplomat further viewed Iran's relations with the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) as historical, and underlined that regional nations are profoundly interested in developing ties with Iran due to the strong bonds existing between the Iranian and regional nations.

He also said that during his meeting with Mottaki, the two sides have discussed cooperation in areas of energy and trade, and mentioned that both countries are zealously pursuing development of mutual relations.

Asked about recent rumors alleging that the US intends to use its bases in certain Arab states to raid Iran, the UAE foreign minister underscored, "The United Arab Emirates has always been and will remain a friend to the Iranian nation."

"Based on my connections with the (Persian Gulf) Cooperation Council, I believe that promulgation of such ideas is insane and unwise," he continued.

He also dismissed reports about the establishment of an Iranian office by the US embassy in Dubai, which is due to make contacts with Iranian opposition groups, and said that if his country senses such movements, it will deal with the issue seriously.

"If the UAE feels that the consulate of any given country is violating international conventions, it will no doubt deal with the issue seriously," the UAE top official reiterated.

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