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“Yes, Iran and the UAE have contacts, and some Emirati officials visit Iran, as well as a number of Iranian officials come to visit the Emirates. Relations between Tehran and Abu Dhabi in recent months have become much better than it was in the past.”With this announcement, Iran’s President confirmed the leaked information about the rapprochement between the two States. Unlike Saudi Arabia, UAE are not looking for an intermediary who will convey their message to the Iranian side, and not shared with her friendly gesture through the media. Emirati authorities have directly paved the way to Tehran, despite the visible differences.The second revelation from Iran does not contain answers to the questions “who?” and “what?” but you can come to the conclusion about the existence of the Iran-UAE political and military cooperation outside the vision of their neighbor across the Persian Gulf. How Saudi Arabia would react to this rapprochement, which could split a regional Alliance?“They visited us and we visited them”According to experts, Tehran hides some of the events to achieve success in reconciliation. However, openly declaring events, thus he publicly defines the border to reduce tensions, clearly implying this to its guests. While reducing its obligations under the nuclear agreement requires Washington’s suspension of sanctions, the settlement of the regional crisis depends on Iran’s position on Yemen.After years of accusations that the “regime of mullahs” sow discord among countries in the region and provoke a devastating war, forcing it to confront the Iranian project, Iran said that the United Arab Emirates secretly sent senior officials to the country in an attempt to appease the Iranians.Rouhani’s statement, made at a press conference on Monday, was preceded by reports of unannounced visit to Tehran Emirates important guest. According to the website Middle East Eye, that the secret guest was none other than Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, the younger brother of the crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed and national security adviser of the UAE. It was said that the Sheikh is a shadowy figure, which entrusted a difficult secret mission.According to the British website, the official from the UAE was in Iran for at least 48 hours as part of a secret mission aimed at reducing tensions and ending the conflict in the Persian Gulf region. This meeting took place at the highest level and at a time when attempts were made to assist in the negotiations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.The latter confirmed that such a visit was not announced any details regarding its date and timing. The Iranian news Agency ISNA said: “In recent weeks, a senior UAE official has visited us twice.” The identity of the official and the purpose of his visit was not disclosed.If these dates are correct, it was in this period occurred the culmination of the confrontation between Saudi forces and Houthis. In the result, Yemeni rebels were able to establish control over the dozens of vital facilities close to Najran. At the same time there was an attack on oil facilities Saudi Aramco. This means that Emirates has decided to move closer to Iran, while their neighbor suffers large setbacks the fault of the Houthis “Iranian hand in Yemen.”Actually not as important as the time and date of the visit. In any case, this is a great achievement of the UAE authorities, who, according to local experts, far ahead of Saudi Arabia, moving in the same direction. Riyadh continues to use intermediaries to communicate with Tehran. Although they deny it, but Iraq, Pakistan and Japan are on the line of regional confrontation in Saudi Arabia and at the level of international confrontation — across the United States.Unlike public actions of Saudi Arabia, the UAE agreement represent full bilateral diplomatic movement. The UAE acting alone and independently of its ally Saudi Arabia, which has used military force against the so-called “Iranian threats” in the region, while the unwillingness of Americans to confront the Iranians have not forced everyone to reconsider their calculations.Hostility in public and the rapprochement behind the scenesOn the rise the mediation efforts of Iran’s statement marks the second stage in the process of rapprochement, which began last summer with the visit of the military delegation of the UAE to Tehran. It was the first after a six year break, the meeting between Iranian border guards and UAE coast guard.Then Abu Dhabi said that caused a lot of discussion the meeting was another meeting of the joint Committee, which was established to discuss the issue of fishermen crossing Maritime border between the two countries and to make decisions about the release of offenders.During the visit of the delegation from the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf were war ships. Then an official source at the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the UAE expressed satisfaction with the results of the meeting and, in particular, the fact that it was limited to a pre-determined agenda, including the issue of fishermen of the two countries and their fishing tools. The source stressed the special significance of these meetings in light of the pressing needs of security of the Maritime boundaries between countries.According to experts, about this meeting hinted the Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif, when in a television interview said “about something taking place behind the scenes between Abu Dhabi and Tehran” and pointed to signs that “the UAE carried out the new policy in the region, and it is in the interests of their government.”Iran talked about the continuation of cooperation in the field of border security after meeting officials of both parties in Tehran aimed at ensuring the security of trade and navigation, reduction of illegal movements between the two countries, as well as to facilitate and accelerate the exchange of information between them.Saudi Arabia did not speak out, on its behalf acted UAE. Minister of state for foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said, “the move was coordinated with the Riyadh, and he aims to confrontation was replaced by political dialogue.” According to him, the Emirates and Saudi Arabia share a common position on the crisis with Iran, but Gargash has not hide his dissatisfaction with the Saudis, when they expressed surprise at the Iranian-Emirati meeting in a few weeks after the withdrawal of the UAE from the regions in Yemen.Although Iran was one of the reasons for the blockade of Qatar, where UAE has played a major role in this meeting was not the first in the course of the rapprochement between the UAE and Iran against Saudi Arabia. A former adviser to the defense Minister of Iran, Amir Mousavi said one of the Iranian sites on the frequent visits of the officials of the UAE in Tehran, and the ongoing rapprochement between the two countries.Emirati jerkPolicy of the UAE seem to promote their interests even in critical times. Despite its solidarity with Saudi Arabia after she broke ties with Iran, they have not followed suit, focusing on the reduction of diplomatic representation, and has retained strong ties.Here the question remains, what is driving the UAE’s pretty safe contacting with Iran, which could lead to a deterioration of relations with their ally — Riyadh. Note that the latter have a hard time against the background of worsening crisis in Yemen, the inability of the coalition to achieve its goals and the loss of Saudi Arabia’s absolute control over its security, because in one stroke it had lost half its exports.Analysts are wondering whether Abu Dhabi to “invest” in relations with the Houthis to leave Yemen unscathed, especially after they attacked Saudi installations, tankers on its shores and published photos of the attack on the airport in Abu Dhabi? Note that the Emiratis had concealed the incident at the airport.Many quickly saw the fruits of these arrangements, when the United Arab Emirates neutralized the threat from the group Huthis and the rest of the “hands of Iran” in the region. This confirmed the statement of the member of the political Bureau of the movement “Ansar Allah” Mohammed al-Bahiti. According to him, in August, they decided to suspend attacks on the territory of the UAE after specific changes in their political and military position on the conflict in Yemen. We are talking about a new agreement Emirates with Iran and withdraw its troops from Yemen.From the first days after the announcement of the reduction of the military presence of the UAE in Yemen, analysts attribute this step with the threats from the Houthis to attack important economic targets in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while the group continues to demonstrate its ability to attack targets inside Saudi Arabia.All of this could play the Emirati imagination and, according to experts, forced to take a step back in the war in Yemen and hurriedly start to find a direct path to the agreements with Tehran.When the Houthi movement has expressed satisfaction with the results of these agreements, the UAE got their wish. The Houthis themselves do not hide it, declaring positive changes in Emirati politics, and this means that Abu Dhabi became the mediator during mediation and at the same time made a truce with the enemy of his neighbor. All these strange explains just what this country is involved in the mediation only for itself.If we start from the hypothesis about the mediating role of Abu Dhabi in relations with Iran, in case of a breakthrough for yourself and your partner in Riyadh, will have questions: why is today the Kingdom uses the other hand to mediate with Iran? Where is a common path and common fate, which is a big burden for the crown Prince of Saudi Arabia after the Emirates partially refused from participation in the coalition war with Yemen?Iran suspends war in Yemen, which actually means the termination of the coalition, as a condition for dialogue with the Saudis, but requires that the solution was found with the Houthis, not him. This is a difficult winding path for Saudi Arabia and straight to the Emirates to provide a security after political agreements and leaving the Kingdom alone and seeking alliances where he managed to find only Imran Khan.

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