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Iran MPs call for cutting ties with UAE

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran on 8 May 2018 [Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

Sixty-one Iranian lawmakers yesterday called on President Hassan Rouhani to “review all-out relations with the UAE in an attempt to change and lower interactions” after the UAE-backed US threats to “slap the strongest sanctions in history” on Tehran.

Iranian Fars News Agency reported that the deputies sent a note to Rouhani saying that the UAE is taking a hostile position against Tehran.

READ:US seeking regime change with 12 demands on Iran, experts say

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, expressed his country’s support for the new US strategy towards Iran, announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday.

Gargash said on Twitter that “the tough strategy announced is a natural consequence of Iranian behaviour” adding that it is the right way for Tehran to understand “the futility of its incursions and expansionism”.

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In his first public address since taking office as Secretary of State, Pompeo put forward a list of 12 demands for Tehran, including suspending uranium enrichment and seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. Critics have said the American demands are an effort to force regime change in the Islamic Republic.

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