Referring to the 14 August announcement of an agreement between the U.S., Israel and the UAE on “full normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE”, President Rouhani indicated that “the rulers of the UAE should know that if they think they can get closer to the enemies of Islam and Iran, they can buy security for themselves, they have gone in the wrong direction… We warn them not to want to invite Israel to the region, in which case they will be treated differently”. The IRGC condemned the agreement as “shameful” and Iran’s Armed Forces warned that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi “will face negative consequences of this shameful action like ousted Egyptian President Anwar Sadat”. The following day, Iran’s Chief of Staff remarked that “we consider any tension in the region as a consequence of this move” and urged the UAE to “leave the path that undermines its own security and the security of the region”. The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) subsequently condemned Iran’s “threats” and asserted that “Iran must adhere to the UN Charter and refrain from interfering in the domestic affairs of other nations”.
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