UAE ‘shocked’ as US considers removing IRGC from terrorist list


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UAE ‘shocked’ as US considers removing IRGC from terrorist list
Bennett calls potential lifting of IRGC sanction 'delusional,' but tells Israelis not to be anxious.
Published: MARCH 21, 2022

The United Arab Emirates is very unhappy with the US move toward removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from its Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, a source in Abu Dhabi said on Monday. Some in Abu Dhabi “are in great shock,” and they view the possibility of the IRGC’s designation being removed in the same way as Israel does, the source said.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid released a statement on Friday saying they “find it hard to believe that the IRGC’s designation... will be removed in exchange for a promise not to harm Americans.... We believe the [US] will not abandon its closest allies in exchange for empty promises from terrorists.” It has been difficult for the UAE to work with the Biden administration on defense issues and the relationship has deteriorated, the source added.