GCC Sharply Criticizes Iran’s Threats Against UAE

  • Reactions from Arab and regional countries to Iran's sharp and threatening remarks against the United Arab Emirates continue.
  • Hassan Rouhani called the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel a betrayal of the national interests of the countries in the region.
  • UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash tweeted that the peace agreement between the government and Israel has nothing to do with Iran.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has condemned Iran’s approach to a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel. The secretary-general of the council called the threatening reaction of Hassan Rouhani and other officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran a violation of diplomatic norms.

The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, originally (and still colloquially) known as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf except Iraq, namely: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Reactions from Arab and regional countries to Iran’s sharp and threatening remarks against the United Arab Emirates continue. In this regard, the Gulf Cooperation Council has reacted to the remarks of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Al-Arabiya website on Monday covered the remarks of the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Nayef Fallah al-Hijraf, Secretary-General of the council, said the threats by President Rouhani and other officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran could have detrimental consequences for the security and stability of the Persian Gulf.

Al-Hijraf has called on the authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran to abide by the provisions and basic principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and to refrain from repeating these threats.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council not only called Hassan Rouhani’s remarks “provocative,” but also stressed that such threats violate Hassan’s neighborhood policy.

Al-Hijraf also referred to the principle of joint defense of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and said that “any threat to the sovereignty, security, and stability of the United Arab Emirates is a threat to all member states and the Gulf Cooperation Council.” He said “the security and stability of the Cooperation Council are inseparable.”

In addition, the United Arab Emirates has summoned the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the country, and reacted to the harsh remarks of the Iranian officials.

UAE Foreign Minister Anwar Gargash tweeted that the peace agreement between the government and Israel has nothing to do with Iran. The UAE has called Hassan Rouhani’s remarks “unacceptable.”

On Monday, Ibrahim Ra’isi, the head of the Islamic Republic’s judiciary, called the UAE agreement with Israel a “betrayal of Islam,” and a “betrayal of Palestine,” and threatened the country with retaliation. “The UAE must wait for reactions to its betrayal of Palestine,” Raisi said.

The Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement, or the Abraham Accord, was agreed to by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on August 13, 2020. If an agreement is signed, the UAE will be the third Arab country, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994, to formally normalize its relationship with Israel, as well as the first Persian Gulf country to do so.

Hassan Rouhani called the peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel a betrayal of the national interests of the countries in the region. In this regard, Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, also openly threatened the UAE on Sunday.

The Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran has threatened the United Arab Emirates that “if something happens in the Persian Gulf region and the national security of the Islamic Republic of Iran is damaged, Iran will not tolerate it.”

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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