Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, the Speaker of the Federal National Council (FNC), received Helene Quilter, Secretary of Defence of New Zealand, who is on an official visit to the UAE.
The minister is also accompanied by a high-level delegation. The two sides met at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. The speaker opened the meet by conveying her deepest condolences to the New Zealand government on the recent terror attack carried out at two mosques in Christchurch.
She also commended the action of the New Zealand government for its stance in the wake of the attacks and its robust support to the muslim community. She affirmed that the UAE believed in attaining solutions to regional and international crises through peaceful dialogue and diplomatic solutions, adding that the nation was a hub of tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
On her part, the New Zealand minister praised the UAE for its stance on gender parity and said that the nation had set a precedent in upholding women’s rights, especially in context of raising their representation to 50% within the FNC for the next parliamentary session.