GCC chief condemns Qatari preacher’s ‘unacceptable provocation’ in remarks on UAE

Dr Adullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said the comments, made during a Friday sermon on January 24, were 'unacceptable provocation and false allegations that only raise sedition and serve enemies of the Islamic Nation'.

The secretary general of the GCC yesterday condemned offensive remarks about the UAE made by Qatari preacher Yousif Al Qaradawi.

Dr Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani said the comments, made during a Friday sermon on January 24, were “unacceptable provocation and false allegations that only raise sedition and serve enemies of the Islamic Nation”, the state news agency, Wam, reported.

Dr Al Zayani also expressed his sorrow for such “provocative charges against the UAE, which is always known for its principled, honourable stances and supportive initiatives toward the Islamic causes as well as its assistance for Muslims regardless of their place”.

Earlier this week, the Qatari ambassador Faris Al Nuaimi was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and handed a formal letter of protest over the attack.

On Monday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said relations between the UAE and Qatar remained strong, in comments on Twitter.

“There is no disagreement between the UAE and Qatar, who are our brothers … I have great confidence in the wisdom of Sheikh Tamim.

“We reject the insults and false allegations against the values, sovereignty and doctrine of the Emirates and its people by the few individuals and voices who do not wish anything good for the two brotherly countries and peoples.”

Dr Al Zayani said the GCC will continue “to close ranks and consolidate solidarity”.

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: February 4, 2014 04:00 AM

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