Iran summons UAE envoy over islands row

Iran summoned UAE charge d'affaires in Tehran over a war of words about three Gulf islands that both countries claim as their territory, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Iran summons UAE envoy over islands row

Iran summoned the United Arab Emirates charge d'affaires in Tehran over a war of words about three Gulf islands that both countries claim as their territory, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

"The UAE's charge d'affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry and was issued a stern warning," Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters at a weekly press briefing in response to a question.

"There was also a meeting held in the UAE, and they were conveyed the displeasure of our officials towards their unmeasured statements," he said.

The UAE's highest diplomatic representative in Tehran is its ambassador.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan last month compared Iran's control of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser Tunb islands to Israel's occupation of Arab territories since 1967.

Tehran called the comments "brazen and impudent". But Sheikh Abdullah repeated the comments in the Palestinian town of Ramallah, calling for Iran to end its "occupation".

Arab states broadly back the UAE claim to the islands, which lie close to shipping lanes used for oil and gas export.


Reuters

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