PHOTOS: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince meets Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai
Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai was welcomed to the UAE by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE armed forces HH General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday.
The 15-year-old was shot in the head last year by members of the radical group Taliban for supporting education for girls in the Swat region.
Malala, on the way to perform Umrah, stopped in the UAE to thank the government - and in particular Sheikh Mohammed - for efforts made during her treatment. The UAE sent a medical team and air ambulance for her transport from Pakistan to the UK where she underwent surgery for her injuries.
Sheikh Mohammad praised Malala’s determination to overcome difficulties and for her continued efforts in carrying forward her message even when she was in hospital. He said it is the duty of everyone to stand by Malala in her mission of 'promoting the principles of love and peace'.
'Malala works to promote the values of forgiveness and tolerance,' Sheikh Mohammed said and added that the attack on Malala as an assault not only on a helpless girl but also an attack on the right of every girl for a better future.