Sheikh Abdullah stresses UAE’s commitment to combating terrorism
ABU DHABI // The UAE will persist in its war against terrorism, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed.
In an interview with the London-based Arabic daily Al Hayat, Sheikh Abdullah said he regretted the region was exposed to “terrorism and extremism” and said it was suffering from “sectarian fragmentation and violations that are tearing its fabric apart”.
“Our position in the fight against terrorism, by standing against terrorist acts and organisations of all forms and types, has remained clear and consistent for decades.
“And it is reflected in our cooperation and coordination with the international community, facing it [terrorism] at the level of security and ideology, by providing necessary support in the fight against it,” he told Al Hayat.
He said “the positive role played by the UAE and its presence in regional and international forums is a cumulative balance that reflects the performance of our diplomacy and is based on the adoption of practices and policies that are in tune with our commitment to the charters of the United Nations and international law”.
In the interview, Sheikh Abdullah was asked about his vision for the future of the GCC, after attending last month’s Riyadh Summit.
“Since the inception of the Gulf Cooperation Council, the UAE supported joint GCC work and took positions that contributed to unite the ranks in the GCC. We highly appreciate the initiative of the custodian of the two holy mosques [King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia], as he succeeded in bringing the compass of joint work in the Gulf back on track.
“The success of the summit was the result of his wisdom, patience, openness and transparency, in view of achieving the noble objectives of reconciliation and unity of the GCC and bringing viewpoints closer in view of the serious threats and challenges facing the region.”
Sheikh Abdullah led a UAE delegation to a meeting of foreign ministers of Nato member states in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday.
They discussed methods of defeating ISIL and other challenges.
Published: December 3, 2014 04:00 AM