(IRNA) - UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan here Wednesday said expansion of Tehran-Abu Dhabi political relations will be in the interest of regional stability, reports Trend.
In a meeting with Iran's newly appointed Ambassador to the UAE Hamid-Reza Asefi, he said his country attaches special importance to its ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The UAE foreign minister, who was in Tehran recently, described his visit as "fruitful" and "positive."
Expressing concerns over the escalating violence in Iraq, he praised the role prominently played by Tehran in calming regional tensions, and stressed that its efforts would invariably lead to restoration of peace and stability in troubled areas of the region.
The Iranian envoy, for his part, said Iranian foreign policy gives priority to establishment of amicable ties with Muslim and neighboring states, the UAE in particular.
Tehran believes that peace and security in the Persian Gulf will only be achieved through coordination and cooperation of all regional states, he added.
On moves of the enemies of Islam, particularly the Zionist regime, to create divisions among Shiite and Sunni Muslims, Asefi urged all Muslim nations to thwart such moves.
As to the failure of US policies in the region, he said that Washington has not succeeded in its grand plan of bringing peace and a better life for Iraqis.
He referred to the heightened bombings and violent attacks in the wake of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's visit to the region as the US' gifts to its people.