The Iranian parliament, Majlis, will vote on a bill downgrading Iran’s relations with the UAE. The bill, introduced at the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Majlis, calls the “insulting attitude toward Iranians travelling to the UAE” as “unacceptable.”
“The nature of Iran's trade relations with the Emirates is to the benefit of the UAE and in return their treatment of the citizens of our country is absolutely unacceptable,” Commission member Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh said.
The action in Majlis came amid sharp criticism by senior Iranian officials of UAE’s decision to construct artificial islands on the Persian Gulf. On Monday, IRGC Maj. Gen. Yahya Rahim Safavi, senior military adviser to the Supreme Leader, described the construction of the islands as “illegal.”
Iran’s main concern is that the artificial islands would reduce by 10 kilometers the distance between the UAE mainland and Abu Musa, an Iranian island also claimed by UAE, changing the coastal borders between the two countries.