BRUSSELS, 29th April, 2016 (WAM) – Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of Federal National Council (FNC) met here today with Gianni Pittella, President of the Democratic Socialist Party in the European Parliament (EP).

They discussed ways to enhance co-operation, particularly in the matter that relate to religious tolerance, rejecting violence and promoting dialogue among different cultures.

Pittella expressed condemnation of all forms of racism and discrimination and rejection of any attempts to link terrorist acts with religions, especially the religion of Islam.

He added that cultural dialogue is the key tool to correct any misconceptions about Islam and the Muslim communities.

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi thanked Pittella for the efforts made by his party to promote peace and to reject violence and extremism, saying that both the UAE and EP have identical views on the importance of spreading peace and security in the world.

She added that the UAE made huge efforts to counter terrorism and to reject discrimination among different beliefs and races. She added that the UAE passed legislations to enhance values of tolerance, justice and security in the country, which hosts people from more than 200 nationalities, who live in peace and tolerance.

Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi discussed with Pittella the developments in the Gulf and in the Arab world. She referred to the UAE’s participation in the Saudi-led Arab Coalition in Yemen, which is aimed at fighting terrorism, restoring peace and protecting the region from the Iranian interventions.

She called on the European official to support UAE’s just cause for regaining legitimacy on its three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, which are occupied by Iran, and to back its call to resolve the issue wither through direct negotiations or by referring to the International Court of Justice.

At the end of the meeting, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi extended an invitation to Pittella to visit the UAE.