The UAE has signed a document on maritime border security with Iran. The UAE had been lobbying in Washington for a tougher stance on Tehran. However, following suspicious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz in May and June and subsequent fear of a major escalation in the region, UAE officials decided to rethink that strategy. Iran has called oil tanker incidents “suspicious”.
During their visit to Iran, UAE officials cited extra-regional intervention by certain governments on maritime frontlines as a “source of trouble” for the region in the wake of a US initiative to shore up support from its allies to establish a naval coalition against Iran in the Persian Gulf.
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