Iran Says Virus Coordination Has Improved Its Ties With U.A.E.
The spread of the coronavirus in the Middle East has brought “more reason and logic” to Iran’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Monday.
Ties between Iran and the U.A.E., a close ally of the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, had deteriorated significantly after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and the Gulf Arab country supported his decision to reimpose heavy sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Tehran is now the Middle East’s coronavirus epicenter and the U.A.E. was one of the first countries to send humanitarian aid shipments across the Persian Gulf to help the Iranian government deal with the scale of the outbreak.
Iranian officials have repeatedly called on the U.S. to ease sanctions as it struggles to fight the disease. The crisis has forced Tehran to seek a $5 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
Mousavi told reporters that discussions about the loan application are ongoing, adding that “the emergency loan should be allocated to Iran if it’s not subject to politicization and prejudice.”
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