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UAE leading model of global human solidarity: Vatican secretary of state

UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed held a phone call with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. (File/WAM/AFP)
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed held a phone call with the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. (File/WAM/AFP)
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28 Jan 2022 12:01:10 GMT9
28 Jan 2022 12:01:10 GMT9

Arab News

  • Cardinal Pietro Parolin was speaking during a phone call with UAE foreign minister
  • He expressed his solidarity with the UAE following a terrorist attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia

LONDON: The Vatican said the UAE is a leading model of global human solidarity, and its humanitarian initiatives help promote peaceful coexistence, tolerance and peace around the world, Emirati state news agency WAM reported on Thursday.

Speaking during a phone call with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, expressed his solidarity with the UAE following a terrorist attack by Yemen’s Houthi militia on civilian facilities in the UAE capital.

The Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a number of drones and missiles toward Abu Dhabi on Jan. 17, which were intercepted and destroyed by the UAE defense ministry, however, remnants landed in separate areas around the capital, killing three people and injuring seven.

Parolin offered his sincere condolences to the victims of the attack, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

Sheikh Abdullah thanked Parolin for his sentiments, and praised the Vatican’s outstanding role in serving humanitarian issues and promoting the values of tolerance and coexistence among all peoples.

Sheikh Abdullah also affirmed the UAE’s keenness to strengthen its relations with the Vatican across various levels.

Relations between the UAE and the Vatican have witnessed continuous growth, especially at the humanitarian level, after the Emirates hosted the Human Fraternity Meeting between Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmad Al-Tayyib in 2019.

During the meeting, the “Document on Human Fraternity” was signed to promote human relations, build bridges of communication, harmony and love between peoples, and tackle extremism.

 

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