UAE, led by Khalifa, a pioneer in developing peace, tolerance and coexistence values among religions, says Sheikh Nahyan

WAM ABU DHABI, 7th January, 2014 (WAM) — Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development expressed his pride over the pioneering role of the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in developing peace, tolerance and coexistence and mutual respect values among religions.

Sheikh Nahyan made the statement at the Saint Anthony Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Abu Dhabi last night on the occasion of the Christmas celebrations.

Present in the ceremony were Sheikh Shakhbout bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mubarak bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Father Issac Al Anba Bishoy, Pastor of the Cathedral of Saint Antony for Coptic Orthodox in Abu Dhabi and Egypt’s ambassador to the UAE, Ihab Hamouda.

The event was attended by representatives of the Presidential Palace and the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, a number of Islamic scholars, heads and members of Christian communities and members of the Egyptian Embassy and others.

Father Issac Al Anba Bishoy, on behalf of Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, extended greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the U.A.E. people and government on the occasion of the new year.

Sheikh Nahyan’s statement was welcomed by the audience, where he affirmed that the U.A.E. has an expanded cultural legacy and developmental achievements which have the pride of every one.

He also expressed his appreciation to the strong fraternal relations between the UAE and Egypt, to which the Arab world sees as the country of culture, history, hospitality and the leading the big sister.

He added that the UAE, led by Sheikh Khalifa is keen on bolstering relations with Egypt, in addition to supporting it very strongly in order to achieve the aspiration of its citizens. He also cited that this proves the Emirati leadership and government’s love to Egypt in order to be a pioneering country that has a prestigious and pivotal stature regionally and globally.

On his part, Ihab Hamouda extended the greetings of the Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour to the Egyptian Christian citizens on the occasion.

He also cited to the great respect and love of the Egyptian people to the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for supporting Egypt in order to get out of its current crises and to achieve stability and security for all its citizens.

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