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UAE condemns attack on Christian church

The UAE has strongly condemned the bombing attack on a Christian church in Egypt's Alexandria, with Sheikh Khalifa sending condolences to President Mubarak.

The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the bombing attack on a Christian church in Egypt's Alexandria in which 21 people were killed and many more injured.

In a statement made to the Emirates News Agency (WAM), the Foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said: "The UAE's vehemently denounces that despicable act that led to the killing and injuring of several innocent citizens of the sisterly Egypt."

Sheikh Abdullah reiterated solidarity with Egypt, saying "the UAE will stand by its sisterly Egypt in passing through these difficult times".

"The UAE rejects terrorism in all its forms and totally condemns targeting of places of worship," he added.

Sheikh Abdullah praised the religious tolerance in Egypt and the amity among followers of different beliefs observed there for thousands of years.

He urged the Egyptian people to disavow those who attempt to sow sedition and division and to work together, to promote their country's best interests and to unite in the fight against terrorism which targets all, regardless of their ethnic background, creed or religious beliefs.

"Such terrorist acts are yet another evidence that concerted international efforts are needed to confront and combat terrorism, no matter where it comes from or what its motifs are," he state.

Also, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has sent a cable of condolence to the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak of Egypt for the victims of the attack.

Sheikh Khalifa expressed his and the UAE condolence to the leadership, government and people of Egypt and their sympathy with the families of the victims.

He also renewed UAE's condemnation of the attack which targeted innocent people at a place of worship and reiterated that the UAE stood by Egypt in these difficult times.

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