A senior Iranian official is calling the United Arab Emirates’ agreement with Israel a “betrayal” and is vowing that any attack by the Jewish state on Iranian interests would result in retaliation against the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well.
“We recommend that they turn back from this path and that they refrain from replacing the security and stability of the region with conflicts and instability,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian warned in an interview with Al-Alam TV in Iran.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the interview with Amir-Abdollahian, who currently serves as special assistant to the Majlis Speaker, and previously served as Iran’s deputy foreign minister.
He said that the UAE has essentially upset its own security by making an agreement with “the cancer of the region, the Zionist entity.”
Amir-Abdollahian repeatedly called on the UAE to reconsider its decision, saying that the peace agreement with Israel announced on Aug. 13 will destabilize the region and disrupt energy routes.
He warned that from now on, the UAE will also be held accountable for any Israeli attacks on Iranian interests.
Is the Iranian official specifically speaking of alleged Israeli attacks against its forces and weapons supplies in Syria?
Since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, hundreds of air and missile strikes targeting Iranian forces, weapons caches and interests in Syria, Lebanon and Iran itself have been carried out. The Israeli Defense Forces rarely acknowledge involvement in such attacks, but is widely suspected of attempting to push back against Iranian expansion in its neighboring countries.
Amir-Abdollahian urged both the UAE and Saudi Arabia to reconsider their overtures with Israel.
“The Palestinians will not remain silent in the face of this betrayal by the UAE,” he said.
See the full interview here.