UAE leaders condemn terror attack on bus; condole Egypt

President, VP and Mohamed bin Zayed offer condolences to El Sisi

ABU DHABI 27 May 2017: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, sent a cable of condolence to President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El Sisi, on the victims of the terrorist attack, which targeted a bus carrying Copts in Minya Governorate in Egypt.

Sheikh Khalifa also extended his sincere condolences to the Egyptian government, people and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack, said Wam.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, also conveyed their condolences to President El Sisi.

The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a bus that was carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery in Minya Governorate in the Arab Republic of Egypt, which resulted in deaths and injuries to a large number of people.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement, has affirmed the solidarity of the UAE with Egypt, stating that the country stood by Egypt’s side in the face of this criminal and malicious act, said Wam.

“We stand with Egypt and its people against extremism and terrorism,” the ministry said, describing this attack as a “new crime added to the black record of terrorism and terrorists.”

It called on all countries worldwide to stand together to eradicate this serious scourge, which aims to destroy communities and spread chaos, stoke conflict and division among the people of a country.

The ministry expressed its confidence in the cohesion of the Egyptian people and their ability throughout history “to uphold their national unity and unique social fabric to defeat this abhorrent terrorism by all means.”

It extended the condolences of the UAE leadership, government and its people to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

By Angel Chan