New Zealand Justice Minister Andrew Little today received Chairman of the World Council of Muslim Communities Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, accompanied by a UAE delegation, in solidarity with the martyrs of the Christchurch mosques.
The meeting was attended by the UAE Ambassador to New Zealand Saleh Al Suwaidi and the Executive Director of Hedayah Centre Maqsoud Kruse.
The delegation conveyed the condolences of the UAE's leadership and its people to the New Zealand government and people. They also praised the efforts made by the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and her government since the terrorist attack and their full support to the martyrs' families.
During the meeting, they discussed and exchanged experiences in the fields of combating terrorism and extremism.
The visit is an expression of the UAE's full solidarity with New Zealand in its fight against terrorism and extremism and to support all measures taken by the government of New Zealand to safeguard its security and ensure the safety of its nationals and residents.
The visit expressed the full solidarity of the UAE's leadership and people with the people and government of New Zealand, as well as the UAE's efforts to preserve its security and stability and the safety of those residing on its lands.
The delegation, accompanied by Saleh Ahmed Salem Al Zuraim Al Suweidi, UAE Ambassador to New Zealand, praised the efforts of New Zealand's government, represented by Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, experienced the solidarity of the city, and meet with some of the families of the martyrs and victims of the incident, which moved millions of people around the world.
Dr. Al Nuaimi also met with the imams of the two mosques and was briefed about the latest updates regarding the attacks and the conditions of those injured and their families, accompanied by Inspector Rakesh Naido, Representative of the New Zealand Police.
Al Nuaimi and the delegation visited the families of martyrs to offer his condolences and express his full solidarity, including the daughter of Linda Armstrong, who died by using her body to protect an injured woman who survived.
Armstrong, who converted to Islam in 2010, wished to perform the Hajj Pilgrimage, the greatest duty of the Islamic religion, and was assisted, in 2017, by the Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation. Armstrong was part of a delegation that included 1,000 pilgrims from 98 countries in 2017.
The delegation also met with several New Zealanders from other religions who were present during the incident, to express their solidarity and support the victims.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs