UAE accuses Iran of destabilizing Mideast

The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates is accusing Iran of playing "the greatest role in causing tension and instability" in the Middle East.


Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan pointed to Iran's "expansionist regional policies, flagrant violations of the principles of sovereignty and constant interference in the internal affairs of its neighboring countries."


"Iran wasted no time in continuing its efforts to undermine the security of the region, through aggressive rhetoric, blatant interference, producing and arming militias, (and) developing its ballistic missile program," Al Nahyan said.


Iran has been backing Syrian President Bashar Assad and Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen, and the UAE minister said its interference in Iraq's internal affairs "has exacerbated ... division among its people."


פרסום ראשון: 09.25.16, 07:51