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Gulf Arab foreign ministers to meet on UAE-Iran row: report

2012-04-13 16:05:26 GMT2012-04-14 00:05:26(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DUBAI April 13 (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers of the six Gulf Arab countries will meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh on a dispute between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Iran over a island they both claim territorial sovereignty of, Gulf News reported Friday.

Foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Oman, will gather Wednesday for an emergency meeting to define a common strategy of dealing with Iran after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad's visit this week to Abu Mousa, a Gulf island over which Iran and the UAE have been at odds for decades.

The decision was made after the UAE recalled its ambassador to Iran, Saif Mohammad Obaid Al Zaabi, "for consultations" on Thursday in protest of the Iranian president's visit to the disputed island.

According to the report, GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Al Zayani condemned Ahmadinejad's trip as "a clear violation of UAE sovereignty" and "not in line with the GCC policy of maintaining good neighborly relations with Iran."

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