Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Sheikh Mohamed offers condolences to New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said the UAE stood with New Zealand against terror

Worshippers pray at a makeshift memorial at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, after a terrorist attack in which 50 people were killed. EPA
Worshippers pray at a makeshift memorial at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, after a terrorist attack in which 50 people were killed. EPA

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed offered his condolences to New Zealand's prime minister following Friday's deadly terror attack.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces told Jacinda Ardern that the UAE stood with New Zealand against hate speech and terrorism.

Sheikh Mohamed on Tuesday also said his thoughts were with the families of the victims during this difficult time.

The attacks at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday killed at least 50 people. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder.

Ms Ardern said she would not speak his name but would give the perpetrator “the full force of the law”.

“Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the man who took them. He may seek notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name,” she said.

It is believed Tarrant modified military-grade weapons to carry out the attack. Ms Ardern has vowed to introduce tougher gun control rules.

People in the UAE have also been showing their solidarity with New Zealand. Students and faculty from New York University Abu Dhabi took part in a candlelight vigil and observed a minute’s silence on Monday.

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