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UAE ambassador was departing, not arriving - Riga airport
The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Latvia Hanan Khalfan Obaid Ali Al Madhani was departing from the Riga airport when she was subjected to the security check, not arriving as previously reported by the press, Riga International Airport said LETA.
The Latvian daily Neatkariga Rita Avize reported earlier today that the UAE had handed a note to the Latvian Foreign Ministry over an unacceptable treatment of UAE Ambassador to Latvia Hanan Khalfan Obaid Ali Al Madhani at Riga International Airport whose staff had allegedly shown disrespect of Muslim traditions and the ambassador's diplomatic immunity.
When the UAE ambassador arrived in Latvia, the airport's security staff told her to take off her traditional Muslim garment, including hijab. The diplomat said she would do this only in the presence of a woman security officer and in a private room, but the airport's employees refused to accept her terms, which led to an insulting exchange of words, the newspaper wrote.
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