Ahmadinejad's visit to island prompts UAE to recall Iran ambassador
12-Apr-2012 (one comment)

Abu Dhabi (CNN) -- The UAE recalled its ambassador to Iran on Thursday in protest of a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a disputed island.

Abu Mousa is one of three Persian Gulf islands that are the subject of a longtime border dispute between the two countries.

The UAE's Foreign Ministry said it was summoning Tehran envoy Saif Mohammed Obaid Al Zaabi for consultations.

Darius Kadivar

Abu Mousa

by Darius Kadivar on

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the disputed island of Abu Mousa
  • UAE foreign minister described the visit as a "flagrant violation'' of his country's sovereignty
  • The UAE and Iran are involved in a long-running dispute over three Persian Gulf islands