Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, President of the Federal National Council (FNC), received HE Helen Quillter, Deputy Secretary of Defense of the State of New Zealand and her accompanying delegation at the Council’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.
At the beginning of the meeting, al-Qubaisi expressed sincere condolences and sympathy to the government and the New Zealand people and the families of the victims of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which resulted in dozens of dead and wounded innocent victims … She praised the role of the government in New Zealand to stand by the families of the victims in this terrorist attack .
Her Excellency stressed that the UAE seeks political and diplomatic solutions to the various crises in the region and the world. Her Excellency also affirmed the UAE’s commitment to spreading the ideas of tolerance, peaceful co-existence and respect for others in society. The UAE is a model of tolerance and co-existence between the members of the society. The Ministry is the world’s first and announced that 2019 is a year of tolerance, also launched a document “brotherhood of humanity”Which was signed by the Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb and the Holy Father Pope Francis during the historic visit by Ramzi the Islamic religion and the Christian to the UAE during the month of February, pointing to its values and principles represent a road map for a more tolerant, , As a document of guiding principles in combating the scourge of extremism and terrorism, reviving authentic religious values and restoring the role of the family as a vital nucleus in the building of societies and hence nations.
HE Amal Al Qubaisi reviewed the progress of parliamentary life in the country and the empowerment program announced by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, in 2005 to empower the Federal National Council.
In her turn, the Undersecretary of the New Zealand Ministry of Defense lauded the status of Emirati women, especially on the issue of empowerment and raising the representation of women in the Federal National Council to 50% from the next session. She also appreciated the role played by the UAE in the fight against terrorism and extremism and support Refugees and provide humanitarian assistance at the global level .. Confirmed that her country believes that political and parliamentary work are the only way to resolve various crises.
During the meeting, they discussed means of enhancing relations of cooperation, especially parliamentary ones, through signing a memorandum of understanding and cooperation and establishing a parliamentary friendship committee.
The meeting was attended by members of the Federal National Council, HE Azza Bin Sulaiman, Ahmed Al Jarwan and Humaid Al Shamsi.