Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, special assistant to Majlis Speaker and former Iranian deputy foreign minister, said that the UAE has made a big mistake by establishing relations with "the cancer of the region, the Zionist entity" and that this step was not in its best interest. He added that the Palestinians "will not remain silent in the face of this betrayal." Amir-Abdollahian stated that the UAE may very well have upset its own security and stability with this move because Israel upsets the stability everywhere it is present. Amir-Abdollahian warned that the UAE will also bear the brunt of any retaliation against "any incident – covert or overt" carried out by the Zionists and that is meant to harm the security and stability of Iran. He added that this warning goes to the Saudis as well. Amir-Abdollahian continued to say that the UAE and Saudi Arabia can still backtrack from the mistakes they have made. The interview was aired on Iran’s Arabic language Al-Alam TV on September 6, 2020.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian: "The big mistake committed by the UAE is establishing relations with the cancer of the region, the Zionist entity, that does not seek stability for the region and does not wish it well. This is not in the best interest of the Emiratis. The Palestinians will not remain silent in the face of this betrayal by the UAE. The situation is different today than it was a few decades ago, when Anwar Sadat signed the peace agreement with the Zionist entity. Once again, I would like to recommend to the leaders of the UAE to redress the way they treat the principles of the Muslims and the Palestinian cause.
Interviewer: "What is your analysis of this issue? I am referring to the normalization of relations by the UAE with the Zionist entity. Why did the UAE lift the veil from its relations with the entity that is occupying Jerusalem?"
Amir-Abdollahian: "Regardless of any considerations that the UAE might have had, firstly, the UAE might upset its security and stability, because wherever the Israelis are present, they upset security and stability. Secondly, the UAE is upsetting the security and the stability of the Persian Gulf with this measure. Thirdly, they are destabilizing the routes through which energy is transported from this region. Fourthly, they upset their relationship with the UAE [sic]. From the moment the UAE announced that it was normalizing relations with the Zionist entity, any incident – covert or overt – that takes place in Iran or in the region, in which the Zionists are involved – the response will also be directed at the UAE, as part of the Iranian response to any incident that is meant to harm its security and stability.
"We give Saudis the same warning that we give to the UAE. Of course, these two countries can correct their mistakes, and turn back from this mistaken path. We recommend that they turn back from this path and that they refrain from replacing the security and stability of the region with conflicts and instability."