The remains of a bus that was attacked yesterday while carrying Egyptian Christians in Minya province, some 260 kilometres south of the capital Cairo. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi: The UAE has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a bus that was carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery in Minya Governorate in Egypt, which resulted in deaths and injuries to a large number of people.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in a statement, has affirmed the solidarity of the UAE with Egypt, stating that the country stood by Egypt’s side in the face of this criminal and malicious act. “We stand with Egypt and its people against extremism and terrorism,” the ministry said, describing this attack as a “new crime added to the black record of terrorism and terrorists.”

It called on all countries worldwide to stand together to eradicate this serious scourge, which aims to destroy communities and spread chaos, stoke conflict and division among the people of a country.

The ministry expressed its confidence in the cohesion of the Egyptian people and their ability throughout history “to uphold their national unity and unique social fabric to defeat this abhorrent terrorism by all means.”

It extended the condolences of the UAE leadership, government and its people to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.