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Cleric insult sparks row - Envoy called

DUBAI, Feb 2, (RTRS): The United Arab Emirates summoned the Qatari ambassador over what it said were insults against the UAE made by a prominent cleric in a broadcast from Doha, state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

The diplomatic incident reflects growing splits between the two members of the Western-allied Gulf Cooperation Council in their approach to Islamists emboldened by the 2011 “Arab Spring” protests that forced four heads of state from power. While Qatar has sided with Islamist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE has taken the opposite tack, cracking down on Islamists at home and supporting Egypt’s militarybacked administration. UAE news agency WAM said the foreign ministry had handed the Qatari ambassador “an official protest memorandum over the insolence shown by the so-called Youssef al-Qaradawi towards the United Arab Emirates”.

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