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KT edit: UAE keen to ensure regional peace. Will Iran oblige?

Filed on November 10, 2019 | Last updated on November 10, 2019 at 07.57 pm

Gargash spelt out in clear terms that the UAE does not seek conflict but is committed to keeping its interests and those of the GCC safe.

Progressive evolution. This has become the hallmark of the UAE's growth which has also been established in its relations with the world. UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash expounded on the virtues of this approach as he outlined the country's resolve in bringing regional conflicts to a close.

If the UAE can do it and become a force for good in the region, so can other countries. There is much to emulate from the UAE's model of governance which has provided diplomatic solutions to various issues across the world. It is essential to keep the core economic and social spheres secure to ensure wider security in the region. If the core is troubled like it is in Iran, there is room for mischief. Gargash spelt out in clear terms that the UAE does not seek conflict but is committed to keeping its interests and those of the GCC safe.

The UAE plays by the rules of the global order and has constantly encouraged countries like Iran to abide by established norms of behaviour. The minister did so again on Sunday and said that while it espouses peace, it will not step back from confronting challenges head on like in Yemen. Iran's stoking of and involvement in regional conflicts using ideology to fuel dissent is futile. The regime is the loser; it has lost so much since the revolution in 1979, and will continue to cede the moral and military ground if it continues on that path.

The alternative and wise strategy for Iran would be to join hands in regional development with its Arab neighbours. Cooperation and not competition would be beneficial to its ailing economy that is on its knees. How long will it remain an international pariah and doom its people to a life of struggle? Decades have gone by as the regime lurches from crisis to crisis. Its proxies have ruined its reputation while gaining little. Indeed there is little to show for this violence and bloodshed. Strategic follies have cost it dearly. But there is hope, and the UAE symbolises that hope. It is an example of that hope of a new future that is shared and is prosperous. Tehran should learn to listen, to think, ponder, and introspect. And for inspiration, it should simply look across the Arabian Gulf waters to the UAE.



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