The UAE voiced strong support for the sanctions in a statement issued on November 4th by the Ambassador to the US, Yousef Al Otaiba, who said, "The UAE will continue to work closely with the US, regional allies and other responsible nations to apply all the tools of diplomacy and statecraft to hold Iran accountable for its destabilising activities in the Middle East and beyond."
Mr. Al Otaiba said that Iran must stop its proliferation of ballistic missiles, end its support of violent proxies, cease plotting terrorist bombings and discontinue its incitement of sectarian and ethnic division. Instead, Iran must respect the sovereignty of all states and should act to normalise relations with its neighbours, who are eager to welcome it as a positive contributor to peace and prosperity in the region.
Mr. Pompeo said the goal of the economic pressure, “is to compel Iran to abandon its destructive activities.”
The US administration is working on the idea of establishing an "Arab Nato", to be known as the Middle East Security Alliance or MESA, that would include the GCC countries along with Jordan and Egypt and address issues with Iran.
Prior to his ambassadorial role, Mr Al Otaiba developed relations with the US via his position as Director of International Affairs for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
In this role, he served as one of the UAE’s principal security, anti-terrorism and defence liaisons to other governments. He was also heavily involved in diplomatic efforts to improve regional security and defence co-operation.