UAE wants sanctions on Iran to end
December 9, 2010
ABU DHABI (Gulf News) - The UAE wants sanctions on Iran to end if it cooperates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over its nuclear program.The statement came on Tuesday after His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced the conclusion of the 31st summit of the cooperation council of Arab states in Abu Dhabi.
Addressing a press conference after the summit, Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, the UAE foreign minister, said: “We want the Security Council to end sanctions on Iran, but they need to cooperate. We hope all parties will exercise goodwill to end this conflict.”
Shaikh Abdullah said he was delighted by the P5+1 meetings taking place in Geneva following nearly a year of standstill between Iran and the group.
“It's a step forward and we are telling Iranians if they have issues of mistrust they can be resolved quickly, transparently and professionally,” he said.
Iran has often accused the U.S. of fomenting division and discord in the region.
“(P)GCC states reject anyone who creates division in the region,” outgoing PGCC Secretary-General Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah told the Gulf News on the sidelines of the summit.
A senior delegate at a summit of the six states said on Tuesday that leaders of six U.S.-allied Persian Gulf nations welcome the resumption of talks between Iran and world powers and urge a peaceful end to the dispute over their neighbor's nuclear program.