The UAE should sever commercial ties with Iran, as Iranian authorities would not allow Emiratis to “open a shack” in their home country, Dubai’s security chief has claimed.
Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan bin Tamim, Head of General Security for the Emirate of Dubai, claimed the authorities should cease renewing trade licences and ask business owners to leave the country within three years.
Khalfan made the comments on Twitter, drawing both support and criticism from social media users.
The row made the front pages of newspapers in Iran over the weekend.
Iran has been accused of supporting Houthi rebels fighting in Yemen, and Shia militias in Lebanon and Syria. However, Iran denies providing military support for the Houthis.
Khalfan wrote: “We shouldn’t allow any Iranian to open a commercial shop in the Arabian Gulf. They are not allowing us to open a shack [in their country]. They are useless.”
He further claimed: “China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Africa are a thousand times better than Iran for commercial trading.”
Courtesy: 7days, UAE