Iran summons UAE envoy over Gulf islands dispute

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 27, 2010 17:06




The Foreign Ministry in Teheran has summoned the United Arab Emirates' top diplomat to protest against comments made by the UAE foreign minister on the ownership dispute between the two nations over three islands in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, Iran's state TV said Tuesday.

The report said the envoy was summoned to protest the "irresponsible and uncalculated" remarks by the Emirates' foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Al Nahyan last week called on Teheran to end its "occupation" of the islands.

The UAE claims ownership of Abu Musa, Greater and Lesser Tunbs islands at the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has controlled the islands for close to 40 years.


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