UAE says Egypt media carried false plot claims

* Egyptian sources say claims arise from alleged kidnap plot

* UAE says could damage historic ties

DUBAI, Dec 18 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has

rebuffed claims carried by Egyptian media that it was behind a

plot against the Egypt's leadership, saying they were

"fabricated", state news agency WAM reported.

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan

has summoned Egypt's ambassador to discuss the claims aimed "to

damage the interests of the two countries and their historic and

special relationship", WAM said late on Monday.

Sheikh Abdullah called on the Egyptian government "to follow

up on these unfounded and slanderous fabrications", WAM said.

It did not directly quote the comments which gave offence.

Egyptian official sources, who declined to be named because

of the political sensitivity of the matter, said the UAE was

responding to accusations by Mohammed Yaqout that the Gulf state

was involved in a plot to kidnap Egyptian President Mohamed

Mursi.

Yaqout is a former member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood,

according to independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm.

The UAE has arrested about 60 local Islamists this year,

accusing them of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood - which

is banned in the country - and conspiring to overthrow the

government.

Thanks to cradle-to-grave welfare systems, the UAE and other

Gulf Arab monarchies have largely avoided the Arab Spring unrest

which unseated rulers elsewhere.

But they fear that the rise of the Brotherhood in Egypt, and

of other Islamist groups elsewhere, could increase dissent on

their own turf.

A Muslim Brotherhood official in Cairo, contacted by

Reuters, said the Brotherhood had not accused the UAE of a plot

and that he did not know Yagout.

The organisation, which rose to power in Egypt after the

overthrow of Hosni Mubarak last year, has consistently sought to

reassure Gulf Arab states it has no plan to push for political

change beyond Egypt's borders.

Mursi, propelled to power by the Brotherhood, has said there

is no plan to "export the revolution". His comments were

welcomed by the UAE.

But relations between the two countries have undergone

some rough patches since the toppling of Mubarak, a longtime

Gulf ally. In June, Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the UAE

ambassador over comments made on the social media site Twitter

by Dubai's chief of police that the ministry described as being

against Egypt's interests.

(Reporting by Rania El Gamal and Raissa Kasolowsky in Dubai and

Tamim Elyan in Cairo; Editing by Michael Roddy)