x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Abdullah: UAE will bring al Mabhouh killers to justice

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister, said the UAE will bring those responsible for the murder of Mahmoud al Mabhouh to justice.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Foreign Minister, today said the UAE would endeavour to bring those responsible for the murder of Mahmoud al Mabhouh to justice. Dubai Police has so far identified 11 people, all travelling with false European passports, who they believe to be responsible for the murder of Mr al Mabhouh at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel in Dubai on January 19. In a statement released to the state news agency, WAM, today, Sheikh Abdullah said: "We fully intend that those responsible are brought to account for their actions. "The UAE firmly believes that relations among nations should be conducted on the basis of respect for sovereignty, mutual trust and within the framework of international norms. "Like all civilised nations, we abide by these principles and we will deal with this criminal act within the international framework expected of civilised nations." He added: "The abuse of passports poses a global threat, affecting both countries' national security as well as the personal security of travellers. "The UAE is grateful for the cooperation it has received and will continue to do everything to protect its long-held position as a hospitable country that provides stability and security for its citizens as well as the residents, visiting tourists and the thriving business community within the bounds of UAE law." Sheikh Abdullah's comments come on the day in which Dr Anwar Gargash, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting about the case with all the UAE-based EU ambassadors. The WAM statement said that the country was "deeply concerned by the fact that passports of close allies, whose nationals currently enjoy preferential visa waivers, were illegally used to commit this crime," adding that "the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed the importance of these countries continuing intensive investigation and cooperation with the UAE until the culprits behind this crime are brought to justice."

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