Iran protests UAE ”occupation” comments
Iran's state TV said on Tuesday the country's foreign ministry summoned the United Arab Emirates' top diplomat in Tehran to protest against comments made by the UAE foreign minister on the dispute between the two nations over three islands in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. According to the report, the envoy was summoned to protest the "irresponsible and uncalculated" comments by the Emirates' foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.Al Nahyan last week called on Tehran to end its "occupation" of the islands.The minister also compared the Iranian occupation to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank.
According to the AP, 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 since 1971.