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Statement from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs on developments over Al Mabhouh's assassination
2010-02-21 15:12:45
WAM Abu Dhabi, Feb 21st, 2010 (WAM)--The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Anwar Gargash has called in EU ambassadors resident in the UAE to brief them on the developments in the case of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's assassination in Dubai and to seek their continued cooperation and support in the ongoing investigation.

This latest development comes as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' diplomatic response to the criminal act perpetrated on UAE soil on 19 Jan 2010. The UAE is deeply concerned by the fact that passports of close allies, whose nationals currently enjoy preferential visa waivers, were illegally used to commit this crime. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has stressed the importance of these countries continuing intensive investigation and cooperation with the UAE until the culprits behind this crime are brought to justice.

The Foreign Ministry has been closely co-coordinating with all relevant government entities, including police and security services, in order to thoroughly investigate the assassination and ascertain complete details and profiles of the perpetrators. The investigation is ongoing and all details will be shared with the UAE's partners.

UAE Foreign Minister, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan is in close contact with the concerned European governments and expressed his appreciation and thanks to the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany as well as Austria for their efforts and support.

The UAE has further urged these countries of the EU to build on the positive steps they are already taking to strengthen procedures preventing the abuse of passports.

HH Sheikh Abdullah said: "The abuse of passports poses a global threat, affecting both countries' national security as well as the personal security of travellers. The UAE is grateful for the cooperation it has received and will continue to do everything to protect its long-held position as a hospitable country that provides stability and security for its citizens as well as the residents, visiting tourists and the thriving business community within the bounds of UAE law." He added that the security was violated by this criminal act and "we fully intend that those responsible are brought to account for their actions. The UAE firmly believes that relations among nations should be conducted on the basis of respect for sovereignty, mutual trust and within the framework of international norms. Like all civilised nations, we abide by these principles and we will deal with this criminal act within the international framework expected of civilized nations" WAM/MN
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