UAE ambassador protests treatment of Emirati man in the US
UAE ambassador protests treatment of Emirati man in the US

Yousef al-Otaiba, the ambassador from the United Arab Emirates to the United States has lodged a protest with a senior State Department official on Tuesday over the treatment of an Emirati man wearing traditional dress at a hotel in Ohio.

Ahmed Al Menhali, a UAE national, was handcuffed on suspicion of being an Islamic State supporter after it was alleged that he is a terrorist. Menhali, a businessman from the UAE, was detained in the city in Ohio while he was wearing traditional robes.Mayor of the city of Avon, Ohio, Bryan Jensen said that two emergency calls were made by relatives of a female clerk at the hotel, who was wary of his appearance. The callers told the police that the person was carrying several phones and had also pledged allegiance to IS.

Mr Jenson met Mr Menhali and Julia Shearson, the head of the local branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The mayor told Mr Menhali that there were false accusations made against you that he also expressed regret over the incidence.

Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba met with Susan Ziadeh, the acting assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs to protest the treatment of Menhali in the US. He said, "On behalf of the UAE, I conveyed deep dismay and concern to the U.S. Government over the mistreatment of Ahmed Al Menhali, a UAE national."