'Israel' root of insecurity, threat to all countries in region - Iran FM
The Iranian Foreign Minister and his Emirati counterpart discuss regional developments and ways to boost bilateral relations.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian held a phone conversation with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan about a number of bilateral regional and international issues.
Amir-Abdollahian noted that all Tehran wants is the security and prosperity for its neighbors, the region and the UAE, adding that the Israeli occupation has been the root of insecurity in the region.
"The presence of the Zionist regime in the region is a threat to all the regional countries," he told his Emirati counterpart.
"We want nothing but prosperity, security and progress for our neighbors, the region and the UAE, but the Zionists have been and are the root of insecurity in the region," he added.
Amir-Abdollahian also praised the armistice in Yemen and hoped a complete lifting of the siege will take place soon.
Regarding the bilateral relations between Iran and the UAE, he proposed activating bilateral relations committees and exchanging delegations to effectively strengthen and expand relations between the two countries.
"There are no restrictions on the comprehensive development of relations," he noted.
For his part, the Emirati foreign minister hoped the deep-rooted relations between the UAE and Iran would expand further.
On the recent regional developments, he said, "In recent weeks, the situation in the region has improved, and President Bashar al-Assad's visit to the UAE and the imposition of a temporary ceasefire in Yemen have provided an opportunity for all parties to use it to develop relations and avoid escalating tensions."
"The UAE will not allow any act of sabotage to take place from its territory against the neighboring countries," he added.