OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHDIR RUEHKUK
DE RUEHAD #0737 1231331
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 031331Z MAY 07
FM AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8881
INFO RUCNIRA/IRAN COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHDE/AMCONSUL DUBAI 7032
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC C O N F I D E N T I A L ABU DHABI 000737
STATE FOR NEA/IR AND NEA/ARP
E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/03/2017
SUBJECT: IRANIAN FM MOTTAKI VISITS UAE
REF: A. ABU DHABI 702
B. ABU DHABI 35
Classified By: Ambassador Michele J. Sison for reasons 1.4 (b and d).
1. (U) Summary: On May 2, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin
Zayed Al-Nahyan received Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr
Mottaki at his palace in Al Ain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin
Zayed (MbZ) and Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed (AbZ)
also attended. AbZ told Ambassador that the meetings focused
on increasing economic ties and cooperation between the UAE
and Iran and on regional issues such as Iraqi security and
Lebanese reconstruction. It is likely that President
Ahmadinejad will visit Abu Dhabi mid-May. End Summary.
2. (C) On May 3, Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed, who had
met with FM Mottaki at President Khalifa's Al Ain palace the
day before, told Ambassador that Mottaki was "under the
impression that your Secretary of State is going to be trying
to seek him out in the hallways in Sharm al Sheikh and that
she cannot wait to see him." Ambassador asked for AbZ's
assessment of Mottaki's message to UAE on regional issues and
UAE-Iran economic cooperation, the two areas highlighted in
comments to the press made by the two Foreign Ministers. AbZ
noted that Iraq security, Lebanon reconstruction, and
economic cooperation had been the main topics of discussion.
"Frankly," replied AbZ, "what he told us was all B.S. - there
was nothing new." AbZ also told Ambassador that President
Ahmadinejad intended to visit Abu Dhabi in mid-May. Trip
planning was ongoing. He said the UAE would be careful to
deconflict the visit with any senior USG visits to the UAE.
3. (C) In speaking to the press following the meeting,
President Sheikh Khalifa called for an expansion of bilateral
ties and called on Iran to play a more active role in forging
unity among the world's Muslims. For his part, AbZ stated
that restoration of security in Iraq was the first priority.
Mottaki responded by saying that in order to secure stability
"we need to seriously assist the elected and popular
government." (Note: In private conversations, UAEG officials
have repeatedly expressed a lack of confidence in the
al-Maliki government due to its ties with Tehran. See ref A.
End Note.) AbZ added that the UAE had vowed to assist
Lebanon in the reconstruction of schools, hospitals, and
homes, and was "ready to cooperate with Iran in that
4. (U) Referring to his January visit to Iran (ref B) AbZ
said that during the Tehran meeting the countries had defined
several economic projects that would lead to a leap forward
in utilizing unused potential. There was a proposal for the
UAE and Iran to make investments in one another's countries,
and the UAE was prepared to move forward. Mottaki told
journalists about the "good trend" of the two countries'
commercial ties. (Note: The first cargo flights between the
Iranian free zone at Qeshm and Dubai began May 2, and a
second flight is scheduled to begin this week between Iranian
Kish Island and Dubai. Each flight can operate up to seven
round trips per day. End Note.)
5. (U) Also present at the meeting with Mottaki were Abu
Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Interior
Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed, Minister of Presidential
Affairs Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Chairman of Abu Dhabi
Planning and Development Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed, Chairman of
Emiri Aviation Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, Chairman of the Abu
Dhabi Executive Council Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa, and
Iranian Ambassador to the UAE Hamid Reza Asefi.
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