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Abdullah visits Holocaust Memorial in Berlin


Sheikh Abdullah greets German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as they visit the Holocaust memorial in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday. AFP

Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, known as the "Holocaust Memorial," and its museum in Berlin, accompanied by Gabi Ashkenazi, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs.


Sheikh Abdullah and Ashkenazi were accompanied by Heiko Maas, German Minister of Foreign Affairs.


During the visit, Sheikh Abdullah viewed the memorial, which was established in 2005 close to the Brandenburg Gate to commemorate the memory of around six million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis.


He then walked around the memorial, which consists of 2,710 concrete slabs on a space of 19,000-square metres in the form of a maze, where visitors can walk between the slabs. He also went to the visitors centre below the memorial, which documents the crimes of the Nazi regime.


Sheikh Abdullah praised the construction of the memorial in Germany, stressing that this historical monument is of great significance and confirms the importance of strengthening the values of tolerance, coexistence and acceptance around the world without discrimination.


He also pointed out that the UAE, since its establishment, has been keen to adopt and strengthen the values of tolerance, coexistence, compassion and acceptance, due to its belief that these values are the cornerstone of achieving prosperity, growth and sustainable development among communities.


He then paid a tribute to the souls of the victims commemorated by the memorial while expressing his sympathy to them and their families.


Whatever led to the murder of millions of innocent victims will not happen again, Sheikh Abdullah added while affirming that the UAE’s message to the world is one of peace, tolerance and hope.


During the visit, Sheikh Abdullah was accompanied by Hafsa Abdullah Al Olama, UAE Ambassador to Germany, and Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Cultural Affairs.


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