Ahmadinejad tours disputed isle; UAE recalls Iran envoy

April 12, 2012 17:05

DUBAI - The UAE has recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what the foreign minister said was a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who visited a Gulf island claimed by both countries since the 1970s.

Iranian state news agency IRNA had reported that Ahmadinejad visited Abu Musa island, some 60 km off the United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday as part of a tour of Iran's Gulf coast but did not refer to the territorial dispute.Both countries claim Abu Musa and two other small islands, located near key shipping lanes in the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf. The islands have been held by Iran since 1971, shortly before the seven Gulf emirates gained full independence from Britain and formed the UAE.

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