Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed says terrorists’ values oppose Islam
ABU DHABI // The ideologies of terrorist groups are contrary to the values of Islam, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said during an official state visit of Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces added that those values were based on tolerance, coexistence, interaction and communication among all countries.
He also condemned a terror attack on a cafe in Sydney last month, in which two people were killed by a gunman who proclaimed allegiance to ISIL.
“Such events increase our determination to combat terrorism,” the Crown Prince said at the meeting in Mushrif Palace in the capital on Monday.
Sheikh Mohammed and Mr Abbott discussed bilateral efforts to tackle Islamist extremism and terrorism, which both agreed threatened international security.
Although the efforts of the international community in combating terrorist groups were tangible, Sheikh Mohammed said more unified efforts were needed to achieve peace, security and stability in the world.
The two men also discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation in politics, defence, education, economic development and investment.
Sheikh Mohammed said the growing relations must be enhanced in terms of economic and human-resources development.
Mr Abbott was accorded an official ceremonial reception at the palace. As he and Sheikh Mohammed walked up the dais, a band played the national anthems of the UAE and Australia, followed by a 21-gun salute. They then inspected a guard of honour.
Members of the Government at the meeting included FNC speaker Mohammed Al Murr, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed, the National Security Adviser, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister, and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Updated: January 6, 2015 04:00 AM