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UAE supports Saudi measures against terrorism, says minister

47 people executed on terrorism charges in the kingdom on Saturday

UAE supports Saudi measures against terrorism, says minister
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan. (AFP/Getty Images)

The UAE’s foreign minister has said the country is fully supportive of Saudi Arabia in the measures it has taken against extremism and terrorism.

Saudi Arabia executed 47 people on terrorism charges on Saturday. Most of those killed in the kingdom’s biggest mass execution for decades were Sunnis convicted of Al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago. Four, including prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric Nimr Al Nimr, were Shi’ites accused of involvement in shooting policemen.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE’s foreign minister, has said the country is fully supportive of Saudi Arabia in any deterrent measures it takes to counter extremism and terrorism, according to a statement issued through the WAM state news agency.

He said Saudi Arabia’s measures represent a clear message against terrorism and those who preach and provoke strife, division and disorder or seek to threaten the kingdom's security and stability.

The foreign minister also stressed that the carrying out the judicial sentences against those who had been convicted is an inalienable right, especially after it had been proven, with corroborating evidence, that the people concerned had committed crimes.

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