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UAE FM condemns Iran's interference, aggression in Arab world

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 29, 2018. (AP)

UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, yesterday condemned Iran’s supply of arms to the rebels in Yemen and efforts to undermine the UN mediator.

The UAE minister warned, during his speech at the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73), of “the unprecedented level of Iranian aggression in the region.”

“The first challenge is foreign interference in the affairs of the region and the Arab world,” Sheikh Abdullah said. “Certain countries, particularly Iran, are prone to attacking the security of the region, spreading chaos, violence and sectarianism.”

He said that in its alliance with the Houthi-led rebels, Iran had a hand in some of the worst features of the conflict, such as the spread of landmines and the recruitment of child soldiers.

“We cannot afford to remain mere spectators when these threats reached Yemen and Saudi Arabia,” Sheikh Abdullah said.

Moreover, on the sidelines of UNGA 73, Sheikh Abdullah met Yemeni President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi to review the progress of the Arab Coalition against the Houthis and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

U.S. newly appointed special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, stated on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran will snap back in November.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S. President Donald Trump accused Iranian leadership of sowing "chaos, death and destruction" across the Middle East.