ABU DHABI, --His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received at his palace here on Monday Archbishop Atallah Hanna of Jerusalem.

During the meeting, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed welcomed the visit of Archbishop of Jerusalem to the UAE. They exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest, particularly with regard to the consolidation of the principles of tolerance, love and peace among peoples of the region, as well as the rejection of manifestations of violence, extremism and terrorism.

The two parties also reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation and ways to promote and consolidate the common human values among the peoples of the region based on tolerance, respect and confidence building.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed noted the firm approach of tolerance, peace, social coexistence and respect for religions adopted by the UAE, stems from the legacy of forefathers that contributed to consolidating the country's international status as a peace loving country that seeks the wellbeing and stability of the peoples of the region and the world.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi stressed viability of the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan regarding the UAE's relations with the region and the world, based on mutual respect, sincere love, cooperation and development. "This legacy is sustained by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan," he said.

The Archbishop of Jerusalem praised the positive role played by the UAE in maintaining ties of brotherhood, friendship and coexistence among all sectors of society in an atmosphere of friendliness, tolerance and respect.

Among others present were H.H. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Ain Region, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, a number of Sheikhs, senior officials and citizens.

Source: Emirates News Agency