Maldives condemns drone attacks targeting Abu Dhabi

HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (R), meets with HE Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Maldives (L) | Photo: Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidential Affairs

Malé, Maldives – The Government of Maldives has strongly condemned the drone attacks aimed towards Abu Dhabi International Airport, on 17 January 2021, resulting in loss of lives and injuries to several civilians.

In their statement, the government of Maldives called the attack a cowardly act of terrorism.

The attack targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure, clearly violate international law and imperil the security and safety of civilians and travelers.

The Government of Maldives reaffirmed its solidarity with the Government of the UAE against those threatening its security and further commends the constructive role of the UAE in bringing harmony, peace and security to the entire region.

The Maldives also reiterated its commitment to the fight against terrorism and will continue to work closely with the international community in eliminating this global menace.

The drone attack on Monday claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels targeted a key oil facility in Abu Dhabi killed three people and sparked a fire at Abu Dhabi’s international airport.

Emirati police have identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. Six additional people were injured due to the attack.