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Arab leaders condemn unprecedented terror attack on New Zealand mosques

Arab leaders condemn unprecedented terror attack on New Zealand mosques
Forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in central Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, in a terrorist attack that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

The attack has triggered international condemnation including Arab leaders.


UAE's Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has sent a cable to Dame Patsy Reddy, the Governor-General of New Zealand, expressing his heartfelt condolences and sympathy for the victims of the terror attack, Khaleej Times reported.

In his cable, Sheikh Khalifa has condemned in the strongest possible terms the heinous crime in which many innocent people fell victim while safely and securely performing Friday prayers.

The president stressed the need for countering hatred and intolerance, affirming that compassion and coexistence among peoples are the lifeline for humanity from this imminent danger.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, condemned the mass shooting during the Friday prayer at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, which left 40 people at least dead and scores other seriously injured.

"On a peaceful Friday, and in a mosque, a typical peaceful place of worship, we saw the most heinous of religious hate crimes where 49 worshippers were killed. Our condolences to New Zealand, and to the families of the victims, and to all Muslims in my name and on behalf of my country that is dedicating a full year for promoting tolerance in the world. We express our deepest sorrow and call upon the entire world to thoughtfully consider inculcating interfaith tolerance," Sheikh Mohammed said in his official Twitter account.


Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has condemned “in the strongest terms” the “vicious” terror attack on the two mosques, state's Al-Ahram reported.

In a statement, his spokesman Bassam Rady said Sisi denounced the attack “which brutally targeted worshippers in houses of God to shake the conscience of humanity and put in front of it its fundamental responsibilities in the importance of joining international efforts for a full-out confrontation with terrorism, violence, and extremism."

The president stressed the importance of exerting efforts to boost and consolidate the values of peaceful coexistence, tolerance, and accepting one another.

Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Foreign Ministry “strongly condemned” on Friday mosque attacks in New Zealand that left scores of people dead and wounded, Asharq al-Awsat reported.

“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia denounces all types of terrorism,” a ministry statement said, citing an official source.

The source reiterated the importance of respecting religions, and extended condolences to the families of victims and the government and people of New Zealand.

The statement also wished the wounded a speedy recovery.

The Palestinian chief peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, called the attack a “consequence of racist ideologies that continue trying to promote religious wars”.

Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman also condemned the attack.

The secretary-general of the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Youssef al-Othaimeen, said in a statement the attack "served as a further warning on the obvious dangers of hate, intolerance, and Islamophobia."

Al-Othaimeen called on New Zealand "to provide more protection to the Muslim communities living in the country."
Last Modified: Friday، 15 March 2019 10:44 PM