Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received this morning Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis. Pope Francis is in state visit to the UAE.
Upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace, Pope Francis, accompanied by cavalry on Arabian horses, was accorded an official reception. A 21-gun salute was fired in honour of the Pontiff, following which the Papal Anthem and that of the United Arab Emirates were played.
Their Highness welcomed the state guest and expressed their happiness for this historic visit. They also expressed their confidence that the visit contributes to strengthening the values and practices of tolerance as practised by our country, whose people live in social harmony, peaceful coexistence, and culture dialogue.
Abu Dhabi Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Speaker of Federal National Council Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Abu Dhabi Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Suroor bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Lt. General His Highness Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Zayed Foundation for Charity and Humanitarian Works His Highness Sheikh Omer bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed al Nahyan, Advisor to the President His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Dhiab bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan attended the perception.