An Iranian envoy is scheduled to visit the UAE on Monday to deliver a message from President Mohammed Khatami to his counterpart, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan, reported the official Iranian news agency, IRNA.
IRNA gave no details of the content of the message, to be conveyed during the one-day visit by the head of Khatami’s office, Ali Abtahi.
Abtahi, heading a high-ranking delegation, will hold talks with UAE officials on expanding bilateral ties.
The visit comes two weeks after a trip to Tehran by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Both sides voiced hopes for improved relations following the high-level meeting in the Iranian capital, although nothing was revealed about the fate of three strategic Gulf islands.
Iran and UAE are at loggerheads over the three strategic Gulf islands of Abu Moussa, the lesser and the greater Tunbs. The islands were seized by Iran in 1971 after Britain withdrew from the Arabian Gulf.
Last June, Gulf Arab foreign ministers urged Iran to accept World Court arbitration in its dispute with the UAE over the islands. But Iran's Foreign Ministry rejected the proposal and vowed that the islands were "an integral part of Iranian territory and will remain so." – Albawaba.com
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