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UAE, Germany Underline Commitment to Fighting Terrorism

UAE, Germany Underline Commitment to Fighting Terrorism

Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 - 18:45
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan meets German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Berlin. (WAM)
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The UAE and Germany have reaffirmed their joint commitment to the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, in all its forms, at both regional and international levels.

In a joint statement issued Wednesday on the occasion of the visit of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to Germany, the two countries expressed their shared view that terrorism and violent extremism are threats to the international order.

They reiterated their unequivocal rejection of all forms of terrorism that represents a threat to international peace and stability and ensure security cooperation in this regard, reported the UAE news agency (WAM).

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sheikh Mohammed held in-depth talks on the current security situation in the Gulf, on issues relating to regional security, as well as increasing political, economic, humanitarian and cultural cooperation between Abu Dhabi and Berlin.

The UAE and Germany said that terrorism and violent extremism are threats to the international order. They underscored their unequivocal rejection of all forms of terrorism, that represents a threat to the international peace and stability, and ensure security cooperation in this regard.

They agreed on rallying efforts on counter-terrorism issues, exchanging of expertise and information on combating terrorism and strengthening individual training and capacity-building in that regard.

They acknowledged their role in playing a stabilizing role in their respective regions, along with positive contributions to global affairs. Particular importance is to be ascribed in this regard to multilateralism, international law and rules-based order and international institutions as a means of addressing joint challenges and achieving peaceful coexistence.

On Yemen, the UAE and Germany strongly encouraged a political solution, taking into account the initiative of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and its executive mechanism, the outcomes of the Yemeni national dialogue conference and all relevant resolutions of United Nations Security Council. They underlined the importance of the implementation of the Stockholm deal and expressed their unequivocal support for the ongoing efforts of UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths.

On Iran, both the UAE and Germany expressed concern for growing tensions in the region and called on Iran to play a constructive role and refrain from any escalatory steps.

They stressed the urgency for all actors in the regions to refrain from any actions that could escalate existing tensions. The UAE and Germany also view that the importance of respecting sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs is essential to guarantee regional security and stability.

Addressing Libya, they said there can be not military solution to the conflict, and that UN Envoy Ghassan Salame’s political framework represents the best option to moving beyond the current political crisis. For this a ceasefire is of the essence. Preventing an escalation of the conflict is paramount to the stability of the region and is a priority for the international community as a whole. The fight against terrorism is also a central issue for the future of Libya.

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