(Persia Digest) – A member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament has said: “Contrary to initial reports, the Iranian Hospital in Dubai has not closed down yet and the Iranian side is conducting discussions with the UAE authorities to pave the way for continued collaboration.”

Iranian MP, Mohammad-Ebrahim Rezaei, had announced earlier that the Iranian Hospital of Dubai had been closed down. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) issued a statement that the hospital was still running despite all the obstacles on its path, including problems created by insurance companies who refuse to offer their services.

Mohammad-Ebrahim Rezaei, member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iran's Parliament, told Persia Digest (PD): “Initial reports indicated that the hospital had been closed down. I followed-up the news on whether this shut down was final or whether the UAE government was still applying pressures to close it down, and I was told the hospital was still open and discussions are being conducted for continued cooperation.”

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In answer to whether the hospital was likely to close, he said: “This depends on the outcome of the discussions. This is the result of pressures applied by Saudi Arabia to the Emirati rulers to threaten Iran, in the same way these pressures have impacted trade levels between Iran and the UAE.”

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It must be noted that the Head of the IRCS announced today that the hospital must apply for a trade permit, in which case 51 percent of its shares must be transferred to a UAE citizen or an Iranian national with a UAE passport.

Ali-Asghar Peyvandi reiterated: “If we fail to reach an agreement within the next five months, the hospital’s licence will be revoked.”

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