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Monday, July 4, 2016

UAE Embassy in US urges swift apology!

The UAE summoned on Sunday a senior US diplomat to protest the 'abusive treatment' of a UAE citizen.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed "discontent" to US embassy deputy chief of mission Ethan Goldrich and demanded clarifications over the detention of an Emirati businessman.

Rawda Al Otaiba, Director of the American Affairs at the MoFAIC, expressed "discontent over the abusive treatment by the Ohio police of a UAE citizen" as well as the posting of a video showing his arrest, which contained "defamation of the UAE national."

"The UAE cares for the safety of its citizens and, therefore, demands clarifications about this incident," it said in a statement.

The UAE embassy in Washington has issued the following statement:

Since learning of the regrettable situation that took place in Avon, Ohio last week, the UAE Embassy has been in close contact with Mr. Al Menhali and his family.

Ambassador Al Otaiba discussed the situation with Avon's Mayor, and urged a swift apology and response from all of those involved, including the local police.

Mayor Jensen and Avon's Police Chief subsequently met with Mr. Al Menhali to apologise for the incident.

Ambassador Al Otaiba also asked Mayor Jensen to take appropriate steps to ensure a similar incident does not happen again.

WATCH: Emirati man receives an APOLOGY from US police

Goldrich "apologised" for the incident, pledging to get clarifications from authorities in the state of Ohio.

He emphasised that the United States respects the right of different nations to wear their national dress, adding that this incident was an exception which was totally unacceptable..

He also promised to reply to the MoFAIC as soon as possible.

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