The before and after platform, which is concerned with contradicting and conflicting political positions, spotted a great contradiction in the Emirati media. Trying to appease both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Clear contrasts of positions
According to the platform, one of the Emirati channels first published news about the congratulations and telegrams that the leaders of the Emirates sent to the Iranian president, on the occasion of the Iranian National Day.
Schizophrenia of the Emirates:
In one day👇
Congratulates Iran on its national day.
Saudi Arabia is consoled by the Houthi militia’s bombing of Abha airport.
– Before and after (@ be4after)
While a second channel published the news of the UAE’s condemnation of the Houthi group’s attacks against Saudi targets, leaning on Iranian support for them, in a form of contrasting greatly.
The platform published a video clip on communication sites, and in its inception, a news broadcast by one of the Emirati channels was documented.
The text of the news was according to what the presenter read: “His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, may God protect him, sent a congratulatory message to His Excellency Dr. Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
And she continued: “On the occasion of his country’s National Day, as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the State, sent. And His Highness Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, two similar congratulatory messages to His Excellency President Dr. Hassan Rouhani.
The clip followed a second news appearance on a second Emirati channel, and on the same day the first news was broadcast, congratulating the Iranian president on the occasion of his country’s national day.
“The UAE has expressed its strong condemnation and denunciation of the cowardly terrorist attack carried out by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia.” By targeting Abha Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Which resulted in the exposure of a civilian aircraft to fire.
Many tweeters and activists interacted with the clip published by the “Before and After” platform, which documented this strange contradiction in the Emirati attitudes towards Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Their hearts are with us ..
And their swords with the sons of Ziphon !!?
Badr (@ Abu1087)
It is not schizophrenia … The UAE sees Iran as a guarantor of Saudi Arabia’s influence, and therefore it plays on both sides.
– w_nat2020 (@ w_nat2020)
It plays in many directions
– Fawasel ALkalam (@ Faha45)
Like a drum, once you eat on the right and left, and once you are beaten on the right and left !!
– A man from the far side of the city (@rajolminaksa)
This policy in short, smart
– Admntk_44 (@Admntk_lll)
Saudi Arabia is a scapegoat
This comes at a time when the UAE is claiming hostility to Iran, and pushing the Kingdom to fight it in Yemen and in international forums.
The UAE is doing the same with Turkey, as it pushes Saudi Arabia to hostility with it and cut diplomatic and commercial ties, in return for Abu Dhabi to strengthen its economic relations with Ankara.
Iranian official exposes the Emirates
Earlier, the head of the Iranian-Emirati Joint Chamber of Commerce, Farshid Farzankan, exposed Abu Dhabi, after announcing that it was Iran’s second largest trading partner for nearly two years.
In the statement he released several days ago, the Iranian official expressed his hope that his country would reach the Saudi market through it.
Farzankan said, commenting on the UAE’s decision about two months ago to ban the issuance of entry visas to Iranian nationals as well as some other countries. The volume of trade exchange between Iran and the UAE has reached a remarkable level.
The UAE is Iran’s second largest trading partner
He explained that the UAE was Iran’s second largest trading partner in the past Iranian year (it starts on March 21).
He stated that during the first nine months of the current Iranian year, the volume of exports to the UAE amounted to the equivalent of $ 3.3 billion, and the volume of imports, including $ 6.3 billion.
The total balance of trade exchange reached about $ 9.6 billion, making the UAE the second largest trading partner of Iran after China.
Important economic relationships
He stressed that the two countries have important economic relations with each other, adding that despite the impact of the Corona virus outbreak on commercial contacts between Iran and the UAE.
He added, “However, trade between the two countries recorded a growth, which reveals that it has found its way between the two sides.”
Farzankan explained that among the reasons that led to the increase in exchanges was the proximity to the Iranian market and the logistical infrastructure. And the financial and banking system, the interest of businessmen on both sides, and the active role of Iranian nationals residing in the Emirates.
The Iranian official added: “The UAE is a regional trade center, and linking the Iranian market to it will increase Iran’s regional exports. Meanwhile, countries such as Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE have taken steps to normalize their relations. This enhances the possibility that better conditions for regional trade will prevail.
He indicated that the UAE has the largest amount of trade with Saudi Arabia, and therefore the more Iran improves its relations with neighboring countries. Including the UAE, whenever his country can reach the Saudi market, as it is the largest in the southern Gulf countries.
Farzankan also referred to some of the problems that Iranian businessmen face in the Emirates, and said, “The biggest problem that emerged after canceling visas was the tightening on Iranian bank accounts.”
He added, “Of course, some Iranian businessmen ignoring the legal issues of international trade, which would be tightened further by the UAE authorities.”
He continued, “From here, this issue must be studied carefully and distinguish between what is related to the performance of traders and what is related to political issues.”
Saudi Arabia and Iran
Earlier, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Muhammad Javad Zarif, said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a mistake when he thought he could end the Yemen war in three weeks.
On his country’s position on the Yemeni crisis, Zarif said, “Iran’s initiative to solve the crisis is still on the table.”
He added, “The visit of the UN envoy in Yemen to Tehran has nothing to do with the recent American position on the war on Yemen.”
He added, “Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made a mistake when he thought that he would defeat the Yemenis within three weeks. Six years have passed since his illusions of defeating Yemen.”
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