Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed speaking in Bulgaria. Wam
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed speaking in Bulgaria. Wam

A diplomatic resolution with Iran is still possible

In the wake of last Thursday's attacks in the Gulf of Oman, which targeted a Japanese and a Norwegian tanker, Saudi Arabia has joined the United States in calling out Iran. Referring to the unclaimed sabotage of four vessels off the coast of Fujairah last month, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the Asharq Al Awsat newspaper "the Iranian regime and its proxies have carried out the sabotage operations", which caused damage to two Saudi tankers. The investigations into this incident and the recent attacks are still ongoing, and their source is yet to be confirmed. What is certain at this point is that the Kingdom has borne the brunt of heightening regional tensions. In addition to the unclaimed sabotage of the two Saudi ships, Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacked Saudi oil infrastructure last month and targeted the southern Saudi airport of Abha last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, has called for the region to come together to find a solution to this ongoing crisis. Since the beginning, the UAE has called for de-escalation. Speaking during a visit to Bulgaria, Sheikh Abdullah even opened a door to diplomatic talks, stating that he remained hopeful of "attaining a broader framework for co-operation" with Iran. The UAE has long championed a multilateral approach to regional problems, and Sheikh Abdullah's statement attests to the nation's firm belief that diplomacy must always come first. In the long run, a political solution is the only way to resolve the current situation and to achieve peace in Yemen, where Iran has backed the Houthi rebels in a four-year war against the country's internationally recognised government.

The idea of sitting down at the table with Iran may seem optimistic, given recent events. Not only is the atmosphere in the Gulf region strained, Tehran has refused US President Donald Trump's invitation to renegotiate the terms of the flawed nuclear deal – an agreement Mr Trump unilaterally withdrew from in May last year. Washington was right to opt out of the deal, as it did not involve the countries most deeply affected by Iran's destabilising influence. It also permitted Tehran to export oil and receive foreign investments, in exchange for restricting its nuclear programme. Instead of curbing its reach in the region, the agreement allowed Iran to maintain its support of groups such as the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon. By tightening sanctions against Tehran, the US has starved the regime and its proxies of vital funds. However, if we are to find a viable solution to this problem, regional players must be involved. Sheikh Abdullah has given the world new hope that it may not be too late for a diplomatic resolution.


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Dates for the diary

To mark Bodytree’s 10th anniversary, the coming season will be filled with celebratory activities:

  • September 21 Anyone interested in becoming a certified yoga instructor can sign up for a 250-hour course in Yoga Teacher Training with Jacquelene Sadek. It begins on September 21 and will take place over the course of six weekends.
  • October 18 to 21 International yoga instructor, Yogi Nora, will be visiting Bodytree and offering classes.
  • October 26 to November 4 International pilates instructor Courtney Miller will be on hand at the studio, offering classes.
  • November 9 Bodytree is hosting a party to celebrate turning 10, and everyone is invited. Expect a day full of free classes on the grounds of the studio.
  • December 11 Yogeswari, an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher, will be visiting the studio.
  • February 2, 2018 Bodytree will host its 4th annual yoga market.

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