ABU DHABI, 19th December 2016 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the crime of murdering the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov, who died after being shot at while speaking at an event in Ankara.

In a statement issued today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced this heinous crime and renewed the UAE’s firm stand, in rejection of violence and terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

The Ministry also reiterated UAE’s full solidarity with the Republic of Turkey and its support for all measures it might take in such circumstances.

The Ministry expressed condolences to the family of the deceased, to President Vladimir Putin and to the Russian Government.