The UAE + Iran are warming diplomatic ties
Are the UAE and Iran about to bury the hatchet? The UAE’s ambassador to Iran will return to Tehran “in the coming days,” upgrading ties with the Islamic Republic six-and-a-half years after it pulled its most senior diplomat from the country, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday. Ambassador Mohamed Al Zaabi’s return will “contribute to further advancing bilateral relations” to “achieve the common interests of the two countries and the wider region,” it said. Abu Dhabi downgraded diplomatic relations with Iran in early 2016 after Iranian protesters attacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran following the execution of a top Shia cleric in Riyadh.
The US + EU are still mulling how to move forward with the Iran nuclear talks:
Four of the signatories of the original 2015 nuclear pact — the US, Germany, France and the UK — continued to weigh Iran’s response to the EU’s final revised draft during a call yesterday, and emphasized “the need to strengthen support for partners in the Middle East,” according to a White House readout.
Somali hotel siege ends after 30-hour battle: Somali security forces have retaken the hotel seized by Islamic militants on Friday following a 30-hour battle, government officials said yesterday, according to Reuters. More than 20 people were killed and at least 117 injured in the attack on the Hayat Hotel in the Somali capital, the country’s health minister said. Dozens of hostages were released yesterday when security forces retook the building.