ABU DHABI - The UAE has decided to downgrade the level of its diplomatic
representation in the Islamic Republic of Iran to that of a charge d' affaires
and to require a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said that
Saif Al Zaabi, the UAE Ambassador in Tehran, has been summoned home, in
accordance with this decision.
''This exceptional step has been taken in the light
of Iran's continuous interference in the internal affairs of Gulf and Arab
states, which has reached unprecedented levels,'' the statement said.
The ministry statement emphasized that positive and
natural relations between states should be based on mutual respect for the
sovereignty of states and the adoption of a policy of non-interference in the
internal affairs of others.