Emirati team visits the two mosques in New Zealand

By Sheena Amos

One of the New Zealand mosque just before the shooting started - video grab

ABU DHABI 21 March 2019: A delegation from the UAE, headed by Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, visited Christchurch, New Zealand, which witnessed bloody terrorist attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques during Friday prayers, which resulted in 50 deaths.

The visit expressed the full solidarity of the UAE’s leadership and people with the people and government of New Zealand, as well as the UAE’s efforts to preserve its security and stability and the safety of those residing on its lands.

The delegation, accompanied by Saleh Ahmed Salem Al Zuraim Al Suweidi, UAE Ambassador to New Zealand, praised the efforts of New Zealand’s government, represented by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, experienced the solidarity of the city, and meet with some of the families of the martyrs and victims of the incident, which moved millions of people around the world.

Dr. Al Nuaimi also met with the imams of the two mosques and was briefed about the latest updates regarding the attacks and the conditions of those injured and their families, accompanied by Inspector Rakesh Naido, Representative of the New Zealand Police.

Visited Families

Al Nuaimi and the delegation visited the families of martyrs to offer his condolences and express his full solidarity, including the daughter of Linda Armstrong, who died by using her body to protect an injured woman who survived.

Armstrong, who converted to Islam in 2010, wished to perform the Hajj Pilgrimage, the greatest duty of the Islamic religion, and was assisted, in 2017, by the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation. Armstrong was part of a delegation that included 1,000 pilgrims from 98 countries in 2017.

The delegation also met with several New Zealanders from other religions who were present during the incident, to express their solidarity and support the victims.


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