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UAE and Iran to Hold Direct Talks on Islands Dispute

The UAE and Iran have agreed to hold direct talks in Abu Dhabi in an effortto end their dispute over the Gulf islands of Abu Musa and Greater and LesserTumbs. Their first meeting, at the level of foreign ministry officials andscheduled for Sunday 27 September, is not expected to resolve the issue butwould serve to cool down a situation that has become increasingly criticalduring the past month. The UAE...