UAE and Saudi diplomacy shift strategy for new era - analysis

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UAE and Saudi diplomacy shift strategy for new era - analysis
Media accounts of recent developments in Saudi Arabia and UAE diplomacy paint a picture of major accomplishments with Iran and Turkey.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: DECEMBER 6, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is spotlighting regional diplomacy and peace efforts amid new outreach to Turkey and Iran. This is important because it comes in the wake of the Abraham Accords and positions the UAE to once again be a leader in the region. This comes after many years of tensions in the region, not only between Saudi Arabia and Iran but also between the bloc of countries led by Riyadh and Abu Dhabi and those linked to either Iran or Turkey. Saudi Arabia is also embarking on major regional diplomatic strides with new agreements in Oman and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman heading from Oman on a Gulf tour that will include the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.

Media accounts of recent developments in Saudi Arabia and UAE diplomacy paint a picture of major accomplishments. Al-Ain media, for instance, praised the trip by the UAE’s National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Iran this week. It said he met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. What matters here is not just what comes out of the meeting but the perception and narrative behind it.

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