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UAE condemns terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia

Sheikh Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs said the UAE fully backs any measures they take to eliminate the danger of terrorism

UAE condemns terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia
Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that hit the cities of Jeddah, Qatif and the Prophet's Mosque in the city of Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Suicide bombers struck three cities across Saudi Arabia on Monday, in an apparently coordinated campaign of attacks as Saudis prepared to break their fast on the penultimate day of the holy month of Ramadan.

Sheikh Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, said: "We stand in solidarity with our brothers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in their fight against the crimes of terrorism whose goals are to spread fear, takfir (branding others as infidels) and incite strife.”

He said the UAE fully backs any measures they take to eliminate the danger of terrorism which aims to undermine the security and stability of the kingdom, and which he said does not respect the sanctity of this month, the Prophet's Mosque and other places of worship that it targets.

“Based on this fact, we believe that these crimes target the United Arab Emirates, its cities and people. We are fully confident that the Saudi leadership will be able to eliminate the threat posed by terrorism and all its forms and manifestations, and that this deviant group of people will not succeed in achieving its goals, thanks to national solidarity and cohesion which recognises the futility of their goals, blood-thirsty crimes as well as the deviance of their claims.”

Sheikh Abdullah stressed that Islam has nothing to do with the deviant and extremist ideology, which he said has nothing to do with religion nor with traditions and history.

He said the issue of terrorism that we requires cooperation, coordination and diligence.

Sheikh Abdullah extended condolences to the leaders and people of Saudi Arabia and the families of the victims, and wished those injured speedy recovery.