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Abdullah bin Zayed statement on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of UAE National Day

posted on 02/12/2014: 1675 views

H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, in a statement to 'Dira'a Al Watan' magazine on the occasion of the 43rd National Day, has said that, "This year's National Day coincides with our emerging state's preparation to launch its strategic historical project to enter outer space exploration and to build the Mars probe which will be the first step by the Arab Islamic world in this field and will be led by an Emirati team to reach Mars in the coming years." The following is the full statement of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed to 'Dira'a Al Watan' magazine: "Our celebration with the 43rd National Day coincides with our emerging state's preparation to launch its strategic historical project to enter the outer space exploration and to build the Mars probe which will be the first step by the Arab Islamic world in this field and will be led by an Emirati team to reach Mars in the coming years. The project is a clear proof of the Federal march's achievements in various fields and at the same time it reflects the advanced capabilities of the Emirati man in dealing with the latest scientific and technological techniques.

The step also represents a historic achievement and a culmination of series of successes for the UAE in the implementation of innovative and sustainable development strategies in the areas of satellite communications, manufacturing and launching of satellites and aviation technology, besides the huge strategic programmes implemented in the field of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and the production of renewable energy, which enable the UAE to be the permanent headquarters of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Irena, and a regional and international capital for renewable energy projects.

The UAE has been ranked the 12th most competitive nation globally, according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015 released by the World Economic Forum, to place the UAE in the list of the best modern developed countries in the world.

All these achievements, and others, were made thanks to the future insights of the wise leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and the Emirates' Crown Princes and also attributed to the concerted efforts of the sons and daughters of the nation and their loyalty and mutual love between them and their leadership and the absolute confidence entrusted upon their leadership.

On this memorable day, we recall with pride the memory of the founders, led by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who led with his wisdom, the blessed Federal March of nation-building, its progress until the UAE has reached its outstanding stature and enjoys prosperity, tranquility, security and stability. In this context, we quote the immortal speech of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as saying in 1960, "My Wealth is the Happiness of my people".

As a result of the overall development and economic prosperity, the UAE has become a destination for all with its tolerance and openness to the world's cultures and peoples, exchanging respect with respect and enjoying security and safety under the laws which respect freedom of difference and treat everyone fairly before the law, which is represented by the presence of 200 nationalities from different parts of the world enjoying stability and a decent life.

The UAE's record on promoting human rights is full of national achievements, strong commitment, and a positive interaction with international practices in this context. These achievements were crowned by winning, with an overwhelming majority, membership of the World Human Rights Council for 2013-2015. The UAE has also ranked first among Arab and 14th globally on the International Human Rights Rank Indicator for 2013 among 216 countries around the world.

The Foreign policy pursued by the UAE has worked to support the gains of the nation and promote economic prosperity and social development, where it has taken the lead in several instances in many issues of the region and the world.

In recent years, UAE diplomacy, thanks to the vision and guidance of its wise leadership, has been able to achieve quality accomplishments with its strong presence and dynamic actions, opening new areas of cooperation and expanding its political and diplomatic options in building productive relationships at various levels with South America, Latin America, Central Asia and Pacific States and the countries of the African continent.

The Foreign Ministry has continued its diligent efforts to strengthen the bridges of understanding and cooperation with all countries on six continents of the world to serve our national interest and enhance our presence and impact on the regional and international levels.

The Foreign Ministry established strategic partnerships with various countries of the world and associated, with a distinctive political, economic and investment agenda, with major countries, working with its allies and friends to help in promoting stability and development in the world.

In this context, the European Union in 2013 opened its first mission in the capital, Abu Dhabi. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg also opened its first embassy in Abu Dhabi, which is its first diplomatic mission in the Gulf and the Arab world.

The UAE has been chosen to be the permanent headquarters of one of the vital organisations affiliated to the United Nations, the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, in the City of Abu Dhabi, which becomes the first Arab capital to host one of the international organisations, and a leading global centre through the exchange of experiences and the establishment of joint projects in the field of renewable energy with many countries of the world.

The UAE also has a distinctive and continuous record of international efforts in the field of fighting against piracy and extremism in all its forms and manifestations based on it keenness to participate actively with the international community in promoting international peace and security.

The UAE has positively participated in the international coalition against terrorism and the fight against terrorist organisations through its membership in the Global Forum on Fighting Terrorism and established the Hedayah (Guidance) Centre, a specialised centre in countering extremism. It participated in the UN Security Council Summit to discuss the issue of foreign terrorists fighters in the ranks of terrorist organisations, and the regional meeting in Jeddah, which formed a united vision to fight terrorism from a military, security, economical and intellectual standpoint, in addition to its participation in the international conference on peace and security in Iraq, which was held in Paris.

The UAE stressed its firm and open stance in countering extremism, organisations and acts of terrorism in all their forms and types, and provides the necessary support to face them both intellectually and from a security standpoint within the framework of cooperation and coordination with the international community to achieve regional and international peace, security and stability.

Humanitarian diplomacy has formed one of the main pillars of our foreign policy and has been active in carrying out its central role in the relief and humanitarian field, in supporting international efforts to cope with major crises and disasters and to meet distress calls, and has become a global model in providing aid, grants and soft loans to developing countries so as to achieve sustained economic growth. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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