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UAE official: Time to manage rivalry with Iran, Turkey

A senior UAE official said that the United Arab Emirates was trying to manage long-running rivalries with Iran and Turkey through dialogue to avoid any new confrontations in the region.

Anwar Gargash, a diplomatic adviser to the UAE president, told during a conference on Saturday that there was uncertainty about the United States’ commitment to the region.

He also expressed concern about a “looming cold war” between Washington and Beijing.

“The Turks have been very positive about what we are saying to them,” he said. “Am I very positive about the reach out to Iran? Yes, I am. Am I very positive that Iran will change its regional course? I have to say I am more realistic here, but I am betting Iran is also concerned about vacuum and escalation.”

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