UAE Summons Ambassadors Over Rouhani Speech

  • The UAE Deputy Foreign Minister sent a strong protest message.
  • President Rouhani, in response to the UAE-Israel agreement, called it a "very big mistake," and called on the UAE to reverse it.
  • Palestinians are worried that an Israel-UAE agreement would jeopardize a two-state solution.

The United Arab Emirates has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Abu Dhabi over “threats made by Iranian officials,” specifically, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Iran threatened that after the UAE’s agreement with Israel, that from now on, the UAE will be a “legitimate and easy target” for the “resistance” forces.

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.

The official UAE News Agency reported on Sunday that the Iranian charge d’affaires had been summoned to Abu Dhabi. The UAE Deputy Foreign Minister sent a strong protest message, as they reported.

This was following the threats made in the speech by President Rouhani on the decision of the UAE government, and the repeated threats by the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the Revolutionary Guards, and other Iranian officials,

After the UAE-Israel agreement, Iranian officials and the Revolutionary Guards responded immediately with a sharp and threatening tone. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps was one of the first organs of Iran’s sovereignty to respond immediately to the UAE’s diplomatic relations with Israel.

The IRGC issued statements calling an agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations between the two countries as “historic stupidity,” and a “shameful agreement.” The IRGC statement described the agreement as a precondition for the UAE to become an “Israeli-occupied territory.”

The Iranian Foreign Ministry also described the UAE’s action as “shameful,” and a “strategic foolishness” that would result in “strengthening the axis of resistance in the region.”

President Rouhani, in response to the UAE-Israel agreement, called it a “very big mistake,” and called on the UAE to reverse it. “The UAE has made a very big mistake, and we hope that they (Emirati officials) would reverse their approach and realize that this is the wrong path,” Rouhani warned.

The Iranian president condemned the relationship with Israel as “incorrect, wrong and one hundred percent,” and called the UAE’s action “a betrayal of the aspirations of the Palestinian people, Muslims and the aspirations of Jerusalem.”

The UAE Foreign Ministry described the Iranian president’s speech as unacceptable and provocative, with dangerous consequences for security and stability in the Persian Gulf region.

Although the UAE News Agency did not directly mention the reaction of the Iranian media, the statements made in the Kayhan newspaper, regarding the UAE, were widely reflected in the foreign media and news agencies.

The Kayhan newspaper, run by Hassan Shariatmadari, a representative of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic, called the UAE’s action a “great betrayal,” and said that if only one result resulted in turning the small, highly security-rich country into a “legitimate goal.”

Hassan Rouhani is the seventh and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He has been a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts since 1999, and was Chief Nuclear Negotiator from 2003 to 2005. He was re-elected President in 2017.

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ali Khamenei, who has repeatedly attacked Israel from time to time, and without any grounds or occasion, has so far remained silent about the UAE agreement with Israel.

“UAE-Israel Agreement Strengthens Extremism”

Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian diplomat and head of the Palestinian delegation negotiating with Israel, told reporters in a video conference on Sunday that close diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates threaten a “two-state solution,” between Israel and Palestine.

Erekat added that if Arab countries were to sign a peace agreement with Israel, one after another, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would no longer have any incentive to reach a two-state solution.

According to the senior Palestinian diplomat, any solution that does not lead to the establishment of a Palestinian state will reinforce extremism. He warned that the UAE’s agreement with Israel would strengthen Israeli and Palestinian extremists.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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