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UAE vows to address Iranian concerns

Press TV - The United Arab Emirates has said the country is committed to keep 'good' and 'positive' bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic.

"The United Arab Emirates is committed to maintain good bilateral relations with Iran," said UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in an interview with 'Gulf News' newspaper.

The comment came after Iran lashed out at the Dubai security forces over their mistreatment of Iranian travelers at Dubai International Airport.

Police at Dubai International Airport have beaten and insulted nearly 150 Iranian men and women traveling from Tehran, according to Tabnak. The police claim to have reports suggesting that one of the travelers had been carrying narcotics.

"We followed with interest Iranian concerns over the issue of search procedures of Iranian visitors at UAE airports," Shaikh Abdullah said.

"There is no doubt that there is an urgent need for a solution to the issues".

The top diplomat also added that his country considers Iran as an important neighbor of the UAE and the two countries enjoy many important common interests in the region.

"On this basis, we hope that the establishment of the UAE-Iranian Ministerial Joint Committee will give a positive push to the existing relations between the two countries," he said.

Shaikh Abdullah said it is necessary to address the issues affecting relations between the two Persian Gulf littoral states, adding, "We are very committed to have positive relations with Iran".

"We asked that the upcoming meeting of the joint consular committee should discuss this issue to ensure that all procedures are followed satisfactorily."

Last month, Iran's Foreign Ministry had summoned the UAE charge d'affaires to Tehran in protest at the misconduct; Iran urged the UAE to make sure their security forces rectify their approach.

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