Abu Dhabi, 20 June 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Ministry of the UAE strongly condemned the two terrorist attacks that took place in Afghanistan recently.

One of the attacks targeted a mosque in northeastern Afghanistan. While a second attack took place inside a Sikh temple in Kabul, resulting in the death and injury of a number of innocent people.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of human values and principles.

The Ministry expressed its severe condolences to the Afghan people and to the families of the victims of these heinous crimes and its wishes for a speedy recovery for all the injured.

An attack on a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday killed at least two people and injured seven, officials said. It is another deadly incident in a spate of violence targeting minorities and places of worship.

Grey smoke billowed over the area in the images aired by domestic broadcaster Tolo. A Taliban interior spokesman said attackers had laden a car with explosives but it exploded before reaching its target.

UAE’s efforts in Afghanistan

Earlier this month, UAE’s Minister of State met with the United State’s special representative for Afghanistan to discuss efforts to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the Taliban-led country.

UAE’s Ahmed Ali Al-Sayegh reportedly reviewed UAE’s efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, especially through initiatives in the health and food sectors.

He also emphasized the significance of the education of girls as part of the relief efforts.

The US envoy praised UAE’s contributions to support the Afghan people, stressing the need to intensify the international community’s efforts to achieve a better future for Afghanistan and alleviate the suffering of its people.

The Gulf nation has played an important role in Afghanistan’s tumultuous transition to its new government since the Taliban took over the country in August of 2021.