UAE says Israel deal not about Iran, rejects criticism from Turkey

Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash speaks during a news conference on Yemen in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 13, 2018. (AP) August 15, 2020 The United Arab Emirates said its decision to normalize ties with Israel isn’t about countering Iran, and dismissed criticism of the pact from Turkey’s leader. “This is [...]

By |August 15th, 2020|Israel, Turkey, UAE|

Family of Iran abducted man tells details of his disappearance

Jamshid Sharmahd, an Iranian-American broadcaster based in Los Angeles. (Wikimedia Commons) August 5, 2020 A California-based member of an Iranian opposition group in exile was abducted by Iran while staying in Dubai, his family said told The Associated Press (AP). The suspected cross-border abduction of Jamshid Sharmahd appears corroborated by mobile phone location [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|North America, UAE, USA|

Emirates resumes Iran flights after five-month break

Emirates Boeing 777-31H aircraft taxying upon arrival at the Iranian capital Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport, July 17, 2020. (AFP) July 17, 2020 Dubai-based Emirates airlines resumed flights to the Iranian capital on Friday after a five-month break due to shutdowns to curb the spread of coronavirus. Iran, the worst-hit country in the [...]

By |July 17th, 2020|UAE|

Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions ‘hijacked’

The vessel took on Iranian oil from Kharg Island to sell abroad, the US government said. (AFP) July 16, 2020 An oil tanker sought by the US over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the UAE, a seafarers organization said Wednesday. Satellite photos showed the [...]

By |July 16th, 2020|North America, UAE, USA|

UAE helps evacuate South Korean nationals from Iran

Iranian residents, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. (AFP) March 20, 2020 The UAE helped evacuate 80 people from Iran including 74 South Koreans and six Iranian family members, a step the country has taken in response to a request by the South Korean [...]

By |March 20th, 2020|East Asia, UAE|

U.S. blacklists 5 UAE-based companies over purchase of Iran oil

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin discusses possible sanctions on Iran before a House appropriations subcommittee.. (AP) March 19, 2020 The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five United Arab Emirates-based companies, accusing them of having collectively purchased in 2019 hundreds of thousands of metric tons of petroleum products from Iran. The U.S. Treasury Department [...]

By |March 19th, 2020|North America, UAE, USA|

UAE sends supplies to aid Iran in coronavirus fight

The first aid delivery to Iran was made on March 3 in collaboration with the World Health Organization. (ISNA) March 17, 2020 The United Arab Emirates sent two aid planes with over 32 metric tons of medical supplies to fight COVID-19 to Iran, state news agency WAM reported on Monday. The second batch of humanitarian [...]

By |March 17th, 2020|UAE|

UAE affirms support to Iran amid coronavirus

United Arab Emirates' Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (AFP) March 16, 2020 he United Arab Emirates' Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif the UAE’s support to Iran amid the coronavirus [...]

By |March 16th, 2020|UAE|

UAE and WHO send emergency medical supplies to help Iran tackle coronavirus

A man disinfects the shrine of Saint Masoumeh against coronavirus in the city of Qom, February 25, 2020. (AP) March 04, 2020 The UAE helped the World Health Organization fly experts and medical supplies to Iran as part of efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak there. Iranian officials say at least 66 people [...]

By |March 4th, 2020|UAE|

Top suspect in large corruption case flees Iran for UAE

Mehdi Sharifi Niknafs, one of the suspects in a large corruption case has fled to the UAE. (Supplied) February 20, 2020 One of the primary suspects involved in a massive financial corruption case in Iran's petrochemical sector has fled the country, a conservative local news outlet close to the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ali [...]

By |February 20th, 2020|UAE|