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05ABUDHABI3242 2005-07-25 07:46:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Abu Dhabi
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UAE CONDEMNS SHARM AL SHEIKH ATTACK

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TAGS: PTER PREL KISL KPAO TC
SUBJECT: UAE CONDEMNS SHARM AL SHEIKH ATTACK

REF: ABU DHABI 3161

Classified By: AMBASSADOR MICHELE J. SISON, REASONS 1.4
(B) AND (D).



1. (C) Summary: UAE leaders have publicly condemned the July
23 attack in Egypt's Sharm Al Sheikh, and have called on
religious leaders to preach tolerance and moderation. Three
UAE nationals were injured in the explosions, according to
press reports. As reported reftel, after the July 7 attacks
in London, the UAEG directed imams in the 1,500 mosques where
Friday sermons are delivered to read from sermons approved by
the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs condemning acts
of terror. The sermons are part of a national strategy to
combat terror. End Summary.



2. (U) Following the July 23 terrorist attack in Sharm Al
Sheikh, UAE President Khalifa made a telephone call to
Egyptian President Mubarak and also sent him a cabled message
of solidarity in which he strongly condemned the bombings,
according to press reports. Khalifa expressed confidence in
Cairo's ability to overcome the terror acts, which "were not
permitted by any religion, principle, or human behavior."
Deputy Prime Minister and MinState for Foreign Affairs Sheikh
Hamdan bin Zayed expressed the UAE's full solidarity with
Egypt, and said the "UAE stands by Cairo in its fight against
criminal and terror elements that choose to spread terror and
to destroy innocent lives." He urged Arab and Islamic
countries to "work together in a decisive and firm manner
against the evil group." Hamdan also specifically called on
religious leaders and academics "to confront destructive
ideologies that target our societies, values and principles,
by spreading values of tolerance and moderation in their
societies."



3. (C) After the July 7 terror attacks in London, the UAEG
directed imams in the UAE's 1,500 Sunni and Shi,a mosques
where Friday sermons are delivered (there are approximately
4,000 mosques nationwide) to read verbatim from sermons
approved by the Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs
condemning acts of terror. Sermons on both July 15 and 22
denounced terrorism and extremism. We have been told by
ruling Al Nahyan family members that we should expect similar
messages from the minbars in the future as part of a UAE
national strategy to combat terror.



4. (U) Information Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed sent a
cable of condolences to the Egyptian tourism minister in
which he said "the evil hands that committed the heinous
crime, which left behind a big loss of lives, cannot cripple
Egypt's ability to overcome the effect of the attacks and to
bring the perpetrators to justice." Other leaders who sent
cables to Mubarak were the UAE Vice President/Prime Minister
and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum;
Minister of Defense, Dubai Deputy Ruler, and Dubai Crown
Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid; Ruler of Sharjah Dr.
Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi; Abu Dhabi Crown Prince
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed; and Dubai Deputy Ruler and
Minister of Finance and Industry Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid.



5. (U) An editorial in the semi-official Arabic daily "Al
Ittihad" on July 24 said that "no Muslim can find any logic
or justification for these criminal acts." The editorial
asked rhetorically who the attackers intended to target and
what cause they were fighting for, given that more than half
the victims were Egyptians and only a few were foreigners.
The "Al Ittihad" editorial said that the Islamic world has
the bigger burden to call on religious institutions to
eliminate ignorance of Islam.

SISON