Vatican expresses solidarity with UAE after Houthi missile attack in Abu Dhabi


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

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

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

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

Sheikh Abdullah thanked the Cardinal 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 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. (Source: Arab News)