RIYADH, The Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organisation, ARCO, condemned the terrorist attack in Kandahar that killed five UAE diplomats who were on a mission to carry out humanitarian, educational and developmental projects in the Republic of Afghanistan.

In a statement today, ARCO expressed its deep sorrow and grief for the loss of lives and expressed its solidarity with the UAE in this ordeal.

It also extended condolences to the leadership and the people of the UAE, saying the humanitarian workers ended their life honourably as they had laid the foundation stone for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Orphanage and signed an agreement with Kardan University on funding scholarships. Their programme also included laying the foundation stone for Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute for Technical Education in Kabul, funded by the Khalifa Foundation.

''Terrorism will not deter the UAE's generous hand to provide goodness to the needy and distressed people,'' said Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al Suhaibani, Secretary-General of ARCO.

He affirmed that the UAE would continue to provide humanitarian and relief assistance to people in need despite challenges and the recent painful attack in Afghanistan would only strengthen the UAE's resolve to serve mankind.

Al Suhaibani also noted that the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 to be the Year of Giving, guided by the philanthropic approach of the founding father, late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan, and to serve a message of goodness and peace to the world.

Source: Emirates News Agency