The United Arab Emirates has sent an official note of protest to the foreign Ministry of Latvia after the staff of Riga international airport demanded that the new UAE Ambassador to the country, Hanan Khalfan Obaid Ali al-Madani to remove the hijab. Abu Dhabi has accused Latvia of disrespect to the Muslim tradition and diplomatic immunity al-Madani, reports DELFI.
When the Ambassador arrived in Latvia, airport officials demanded that she took a traditional Muslim clothes and hijab. Al-Madani, in turn, has stated that he can only do it hidden from prying eyes the room, and only in the presence of women, but such opportunities the staff of the airport diplomat is not provided.
In addition, the diplomat complained about the offensive comments from the staff of the Riga terminal. According to the source, the Latvian foreign Ministry is currently studying the circumstances of the incident.
The representative of the Riga airport Laura Carney has said that the checks at the airport are in accordance with European requirements for the safety of air travel. She stressed that any interpretation is not allowed.
A similar statement representatives of the airport and was sent to the UAE Embassy in Latvia. Meanwhile, in the UAE noted that the security staff of the Riga airport, “obviously do not understand the fragility of diplomacy.”
The UAE Embassy in Latvia was opened on 9 February. Foreign Minister Edgars rinkēvičs noted that it will facilitate political and economic cooperation between States and to attract investments, reminds RIA “Novosti”.
Meanwhile, in the UAE at the end of February should be sent to the Latvian delegation headed by the President of Veganism is to strengthen cooperation between Riga and Riyadh.