Jordan recalls Qatar ambassador after UN vote

October 3, 2006 19:31


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Jordan has recalled its ambassador to Qatar, government officials said Tuesday, a day after the government rebuked Qatar for voting against the nomination of a Jordanian prince to head the United Nations. Two government officials told The Associated Press that the ambassador, Omar al-Amad, was "summoned for consultations." The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, declined to provide more detail or confirm if the move was related to Qatar's opposition to a Jordanian candidate for UN secretary general. Government spokesman Nasser Judeh told reporters Monday that Qatar "broke ranks" with the Arabs last week when it voted for a South Korean candidate instead of Jordan's Prince Zeid al-Hussein. Prince Zeid is among five candidates to succeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan when he steps down at the end of the year. Zeid is the only Muslim candidate.

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