Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic attaches great significance to its bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), PressTV reported.
Zarif made the remarks in a Wednesday meeting with Emirati President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi, where the two senior officials discussed grounds for the expansion of Tehran-Abu Dhabi relations.
During the meeting, the Iranian diplomat said attaches special significance to its ties with the UAE.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has always taken steps in line with the welfare and interests of regional countries and emphasizes the establishment of peace, stability and balance [in the region]," Zarif noted.
The Emirati president, for his part, expressed Abu Dhabi's readiness to bolster cooperation with Tehran in all spheres.
He also underlined the need for more frequent meetings between Iranian and Emirati officials to boost relations between the two neighboring countries at bilateral, regional and international levels.
The Emirati government has instructed all officials and state organs to spare no effort to broaden Tehran-Abu Dhabi ties, said Sheikh Al Nahyan.
In late November, the Emirati foreign minister paid an official visit to Tehran, where he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as well as his opposite number.
During his meeting with Sheikh Al Nahyan, President Rouhani hailed brotherly Tehran-Abu Dhabi ties and said "no external factors" can harm the "friendship" between the two nations.