23 May 2024
Monday 17 August 2020 - 14:08
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UAE summons Iranian diplomat over 'unacceptable' Rouhani speech: WAM

Reuters - The United Arab Emirates has summoned Irans charge daffaires in Abu Dhabi in response to a speech by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the foreign ministry described as unacceptable, state news agency WAM said on Sunday.

Rouhani said in a speech on Saturday the UAE had made a huge mistake in reaching a agreement to normalise ties with Israel and called it a betrayal by the Gulf state.

They (the UAE) better be mindful. They have committed a huge mistake, a treacherous act, he said of the agreement announced on Thursday.

The UAE foreign ministry said the speech was unacceptable, inflammatory, and carrying serious repercussions for the security and stability of the Arabian Gulf region, the statement carried by WAM said.

The charge daffaires has been given a strongly worded memo, WAM said.

There was no response yet from Tehran.

The UAE statement said the ministry considers Rouhanis speech interference in UAE internal affairs and an assault on its sovereignty.

The foreign ministry reminded Iran of its duty to protect the UAE diplomatic mission in Tehran.

To protest the UAE-Israel agreement, a small group of Iranians gathered in front of the UAE embassy in Tehran late on Saturday, Iranian media reported.

The U.S.-sponsored deal has been seen as firming up opposition to regional power Iran, which Gulf states, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.

The UAE, which is home to thousands of Iranians, says it pursues a de-escalatory policy towards its neighbour Iran.

Writing by Nafisa Eltahir and Lisa Barrington; Additional reporting by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by David Goodman and Frances Kerry

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