Relatives grieve near the coffins of victims of wedding hall bombing during a mass funeral in Kabul on Sunday. Rafiq Maqbool / AP
The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted a wedding in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, said in a statement on Sunday that it condemns in the "strongest terms" the terrorist attack which took place on Saturday, and that the UAE reaffirms its support to the Afghan government as it confronts the menace of terrorism.
"This cowardly attack claimed by Daesh on a civilian gathering is a solemn reminder of the complex challenges faced by the Afghan government as it works to enter a new phase of stability and security," the ministry continued.
It added, "Confronting the scourge of terrorism is a shared responsibility among states in pursuit of a more peaceful future, and the UAE stands resolutely with its Afghan partners in this regard."
This unacceptable loss of life underlines the importance of multilateral efforts to promote a comprehensive peace agreement that will degrade the ability of transnational terror groups to operate in Afghanistan, the UAE foreign ministry noted.
The UAE extends its sincere condolences to the families of victims and wishes a prompt recovery to those injured in the attack, it concluded.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) expressed its utter denunciation of the Taliban-claimed attacks, which included the targeting of an electoral rally of President Ashraf Ghani in Parwan Province and the bombing of an army base in Kabul.
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MoFAIC emphasised that the UAE utterly condemns these criminal acts and rejects all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilising security in contravention of all religious and human values and principles.
The rush-hour explosion sent a plume of smoke into the air above the Puli Mahmood Khan neighbourhood of the Afghan capital and shook buildings up to two kilometres (1.2 miles) away, with the media reporter saying he could hear gunshots after the blast.
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