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Iran's Revolutionary Guard threatens 'dangerous future' for UAE after Israel deal

AP , Saturday 15 Aug 2020
Esmail Ghaani
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Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed on Saturday that there would be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates after it announced a historic deal with Israel to open up diplomatic relations.

The UAE is the first Gulf Arab state to do so and only the third Arab nation to establish normalized relations with Israel, Iran's regional archenemy.

The Iranian Guard called the deal a ``shameful'' agreement and an ``evil action`` that was underwritten by the US, according to the group's statement on a website it runs, Sepah News.

The Guard warned that the deal with Israel will set back American influence in the Middle East, and bring a ``dangerous future`` for the Emirati government.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has also condemned the Emirati move. In a televised speech Saturday, he warned that the United Arab Emirates has made a ``huge mistake'' in reaching a deal toward normalizing ties with Israel.

Rouhani warned the Gulf state against allowing Israel to have a ``foothold in the region.''

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, called the agreement a painful betrayal of Arab and other countries in the region, during a trip to Lebanon on Friday.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.

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