John Bolton arrives in UAE for talks amid Iran tensions

Trump’s National Security Adviser says he’s looking forward to discussing ‘important and timely regional security matters’

FILE - In this Friday, May 24, 2019, file photo, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is surrounded by reporters at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan. North Korea on Monday, May 27, 2019, has called U.S. National Security Adviser Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" after he called the North's recent tests of short-range missile a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP, File)

US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has arrived in the UAE for talks about regional tensions with Iran.

The White House has been bolstering its Arab allies against the threat of Tehran with US warships and bombers sent to the region, plus the promise of more troops.

Mr Bolton said on Twitter that he looked forward to discussing important and timely regional security matters with “our Emirati allies”.

On May 24, the US announced it would send 1,500 more troops to the Middle East to counter “credible threats” from Tehran.

Tension between Washington and Iran has increased since Mr Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions.

Mr Bolton was in Japan this week during Mr Trump's state visit there.

“Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me,” Mr Trump said during the trip. “I do believe Iran would like to talk and if they’d like to talk, we’ll talk also.”

Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's son-in-law, is also in the Middle East this week to try to build support for the administration's peace plan for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Mr Kushner will be joined by Jason Greenblatt, the US Middle East envoy reviled by the Palestinians, and Brian Hook, the US special representative for Iran.

They will be in Morocco, Jordan and Jerusalem.