His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces received the two imams of the New Zealand terror attack mosques in Abu Dhabi on Monday April 15th. Shaikh Gamal Fouda, imam of the Al Noor Mosque and Alabi Lateef Zirulla, imam of the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, witnessed terrorist attacks on 15th March, 2019 that resulted in dozens of innocent victims. Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, President of the World Council of Muslim Communities, and Matthew Hawkins, New Zealand Ambassador to the UAE, were also present at the meeting.
The Crown Prince paid tribute to the friendly attitude of the New Zealand people and the wisdom of the New Zealand government headed by Jacinda Ardern.
HH His highness shaikh Mohamed bin Zayed affirmed the UAE's keenness to promote the values of tolerance, civilized coexistence and peace among the peoples of the world.
He stressed the importance of the role of scholars, religious leaders and religious institutions in promoting the values of citizenship and the consolidation of a tolerant culture allowing peaceful coexistence, dialogue, and world peace in addition to moderation and the rejection of extremist ideology.
For their part, the imams of the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques expressed to the UAE their great thanks and appreciation for its humanitarian stance following the tragic incident.
They also praised the UAE's humanitarian initiatives aimed at promoting values of tolerance, acceptance of the other, peaceful coexistence, and respect for diversity among peoples and cultures at both regional and international levels.