Foreign affairs minister says comments are totally without foundation
The UAE has summoned the Iraqs ambassador to the emirates to condemn comments made by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki, who accused Saudi Arabia of supporting terrorism.
In a statement delivered to the ambassador, the UAEs minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said that the comments were totally without foundation and not based on any correct assessment of the situation.
He adds that Saudi Arabia plays a prominent role in fighting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
These two countries are primarily responsible for the sectarian and terrorist and security crisis of Iraq, he said during the interview broadcast on 8 March.
Bahrain has also condemned Malikis comments, stating that the comments were baseless and irresponsible.
Saudi Arabia responded to the accusations on 10 March, expressing disapproval and astonishment over the aggressive and irresponsible statements.
As yet, Qatar has not responded to the comments.
The diplomatic row comes as relations within the Gulf are increasingly strained.
On 5 March, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE pulled their ambassadors out of Qatar due to disagreements over security policy.