x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Grenade attack on UAE’s Libya mission was an attempt to undermine relations

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research says last week's attack was a failed attempt to undermine relations between the countries.

The UAE Embassy in Libya was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades in a terror attack. No injuries were reported. Ismail Zitouny / Reuters
The UAE Embassy in Libya was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades in a terror attack. No injuries were reported. Ismail Zitouny / Reuters

A grenade attack last week on the UAE embassy in Libya was an attempt to undermine relations between the countries, the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research has said.

The embassy was hit by two rocket-propelled grenades last Thursday. There were no casualties. In the centre’s daily editorial yesterday, it described the attempt as a failure. It said relations between the two countries were strong following the UAE’s support of the Libyan people during the uprising against Muammar Qaddafi’s regime, Wam, the state news agency, reported.

The UAE took part in Nato’s campaign to oust Qaddafi in 2011 and has been providing military, security and humanitarian support to Libya since.

Libya’s reactions to the attack showed their appreciation for the UAE’s support, the editorial said.

Following the attack, Nouri Abusahmen, president of the General National Congress of Libya, visited the embassy and expressed his apologies. The editorial concluded that condemnation from the GCC and the Arab League “confirms the Gulf and Arab faith in the UAE’s positive role in the Libyan scene during this important stage”.

The Libyan prime minister, Dr Ali Zidan, is believed to be following up on the incident.

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