Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The UAE announced, on Monday, the arrival of a delegation from the Iranian Border Guard Command to attend the scheduled seventh meeting with its Emirati counterpart, on Tuesday.
The Emirates News Agency (WAM) said that this visit came “as part of the periodic mutual visits between the leadership of the National Guard represented by the Coast Guard Group in the UAE and the Border Guard Command in Iran.”
She added, “During the meeting, the two sides will discuss means of cooperation in combating organized crime across maritime borders, infiltration and smuggling of all kinds, as well as in the field of search and rescue, organizing marine fishing, especially illegal fishing, and protecting the marine environment to serve the interests of both countries.”
Last year, the UAE announced the return of its ambassador, Saif Muhammad Al Zaabi, to Iran, to resume his duties.
A statement by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, at the time, that the decision comes “in line with the UAE’s efforts to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The UAE downgraded its diplomatic relations with Iran in 2016 after attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and the Saudi consulate in Mashhad during protests against Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, Nimr al-Nimr.
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