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Angered UAE expels Egyptians

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 16:50:27 GMT
The United Arab Emirates has reportedly expelled a number of Egyptians to revenge Cairo on the trial of ousted President Hosni Mubarak and forging close ties with Iran.

The UAE authorities have also denied visa to some Egyptians and refused to renew the residence of some others, IRNA quoted the Egyptian Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper as saying on Monday.

The UAE Immigration Office said they took the measures due to a lack of security authorities in Egypt to answer questions regarding the backgrounds of the immigrants in search of jobs.

The officials said the move was aimed at preventing the infiltration of personae non-grata and those who pose a threat to the UAE's stability and security.

They also said the move to deny Egyptians visas was within the powers of the country's sovereignty.

The Egyptian paper, citing sources in the UAE Immigration Office, counted Cairo's unclear foreign policy following the January 25 revolution and fears of close Iran-Egypt ties as the main reasons for the chilly relations between Cairo and Abu Dhabi.

Drawing ire from Saudi Arabia and the UAE is Egyptians' insistence on the prosecution of Mubarak despite repeated calls by Riyadh to avoid taking the ousted president to court.

Egyptians have been demanding the country's ruling military council to try Mubarak on charges of direct involvement in the killing of some 800 protesters during peaceful demonstrations that toppled the pro-Western dictator.

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