UAE should sever all ties with Iran says security chief
The UAE should cut all commercial ties with Iran, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim, head of General Security for the Emirate of Dubai, has said on Twitter.
Khalfan said UAE authorities should cease the renewal of trade licences and ask Iranian business owners to leave the country within three years.
Such a move would have a profound impact on the country’s logistics industry, which benefits from solid trade between the two nations.
Khalfan appeared to address the impact on the logistics sector in his posts. “We shouldn’t allow any Iranian to open a commercial shop in the Arabian Gulf. They are not allowing us to open a shack [in their country]. They are useless,” he wrote.
“China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa are a thousand times better than Iran for commercial trading,” he added.
He continued: “Within three years, we must ask all Iranian shop owners to leave the country and not to renew their trade licence. Our people need to open those shops instead of Iranians.”
Iran has been accused of supporting Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen, and Shia militias in Lebanon and Syria. However, Iran denies providing military support for the Houthis.
The UAE downgraded its diplomatic relations with Iran in January, recalling Saif Al Zaabi, the UAE Ambassador in Tehran, although the embassy remains open.
The UAE said at the time that its move was in response to Tehran’s meddling in the affairs of its Gulf neighbours, which it said had reached an “unprecedented” level.