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The official Emirati news agency WAM said the visit was aimed at “advancing cooperation across all fronts for the benefit of the two countries and their peoples”.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and el-Sisi “reviewed issues of interest, and the latest developments on the regional and international scene”, and stressed “the importance of strengthening Arab solidarity in the face of common challenges”, WAM said, without elaborating.
The US said last week that Washington and Tehran were close to agreement on restoring the accord, with US Department of State Spokesman Ned Price saying on March 16 that “remaining issues can be bridged”.
Few issues remain
Iran last week said there were just two final issues to be sorted out before any agreement to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) aimed at preventing Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.
The outstanding issues, according to sources close to the talks, are that Iran secure “economic guarantees” in case a future US administration changes its stance and abrogates the agreement, as then-President Donald Trump did in 2018; and that Washington remove its official “terror” group designation on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Direct negotiations have been ongoing for months in the Austrian capital Vienna between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom. Talks with the US have taken place indirectly.
On Sunday, Bennett denounced efforts to sign a revived nuclear deal “at any cost”.
The UAE and Bahrain forged ties with Israel in 2020 to create a new regional axis at a time of uncertainty over the commitment of the US, a key security ally.