With Egypt in Fight Against Extremism and Terrorism

  • 1 February 2015

The UAE’s severe condemnation of the fierce terrorist attacks that struck down police and military premises in North Sinai Governorate in the Arab Republic of Egypt on Thursday, leading to the killing and injuring of many, expresses the UAE’s strong rejection of violence and extremism. It is also a call for combating the scourge of terrorism and for regional and international cooperation to eliminate it. The country has taken this position because violence and terrorism constitute the worst threats to security, stability, development and peace in the Arab region and the whole world.

H.E. Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Qarqash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the UAE severely denounces such criminal acts and reaffirms its rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism targeted against Egypt. He reiterated the country’s strong support for Egypt and its steadfast backing of its government and people in their hour of crisis. He also stressed that such cowardly acts of terrorism will not discourage the Egyptian people or its leadership. Instead they will continue to fight terrorism. The UAE’s position shows its deep concern for Egypt’s security and stability, which is inseparable from its initiatives to support the country in all fields so that it overcomes the challenges of this period of transition and moves on to play its rightful role in Arab region and the whole world.

The terrorist and extremist forces that have carried out these attacks against the Egyptian army want to convey a message to the outside world – especially before the March conference – that Egypt is unstable. The conference is indeed crucial as far as attracting more investments to support the Egyptian economy is concerned. Terrorists, however, want to obstruct the roadmap on which there is consensus among Egyptians and want to spread chaos in the country. However, they are not going to succeed as the Egyptian people understand their designs, which is to use religion to gain authority. It is necessary to cooperate with Egypt in order to tackle these forces, which distort the image of Islam through words and deeds. This objective can be achieved through the various forms of aid being provided to Egypt. In fact, the presence of regional and international players in the conference will be a major blow to these terrorists and will also reinforce the world’s support for Egypt in this crucial battle.

The Arab and international reactions denouncing terrorist attacks in Egypt highlight that combating the threat of terrorism and fanaticism is not one country’s battle. Instead, it is something the whole world should face, especially as violence, fanaticism and terrorism have spread across Middles East and threaten the values of tolerance, moderation and freedom besides wreaking havoc in countries such as France, Australia and Canada. The UAE calls upon international community to stand in support of Egypt in this important struggle against extremism and terrorism. The experience gathered in recent years proves that this is a complex issue and that no country can face it by itself irrespective of its potential. Moreover, no country is completely secure as fanatics and terrorists have made the whole world the target of their criminal acts.