Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on Sunday June 9th welcomes the role played by Germany in easing tensions in the Middle East, in the midst of a tour by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the backdrop of tensions in the region.
In a press conference with his German counterpart in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Abdullah stressed that Iran's ballistic missiles and support for terrorist groups should be part of any comprehensive agreement to calm, and that the countries of the region must be party to the agreement with Tehran.
He explained that the agreement with Iran must include in addition to the nuclear file to stop its support for terrorism and ballistic missile programs, referring to the attacks targeted ships near the territorial waters of UAE.
"The incident was an attack on the safety of international shipping and raised tension in the region. The targeted site is the world's second largest receiving and supplying region."
Moreover, Sheikh Abdullah said that the UAE welcomes all efforts to calm tensions.
On May 12th, four vessels, two Saudi, one Emirati and one Norwegian, were subjected to sabotage operations near territorial waters, towards the eastern coast near the UAE emirate of Fujairah.
For his part, Maas said that the UAE is a pivotal centre in the region that many other countries are looking for, adding that his country is working to reduce tensions in the region and does not want to lead to a military escalation.
"I am visiting the region against the backdrop of ongoing tensions and we are exchanging views with the actors here," he added.
"We are in contact with Iran on its obligations under the nuclear agreement and we seek to preserve it," he said. "We will inform Tehran tomorrow that the European Union has rejected its missile programs."
Maas is scheduled to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Monday June 10th, in a visit aiming at reducing tensions in the region and urging the regime to keep on the nuclear deal, Reuters has reported.
The German diplomat's visit comes after a series of attacks on UAE and Saudi Arabia that increased the long-standing tensions between Iran, US and its allies in the Gulf.
Concerning Yemen's crisis, Maas said that Germany wants progress in the implementation of the Stockholm Convention on Yemen and that it supports the United Nations initiative to resolve this crisis.
Regarding the situation in Sudan, Maas said that the parties in Sudan should return to the negotiating table, stressing his country's support for the efforts of the African Union to resolve the Sudanese crisis.