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Armed Forces' Unification is natural outcome of federal experience: Khalifa

posted on 06/05/2009: 746 views



The unification of the Armed Forces is a natural outcome of the development of the federal experience, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said yesterday.

"It is an expression of the aspirations of our people and is, by all standards, a qualitative shift in our blessed march. It has been an impetus for immense advancement and enhanced the presence of the UAE at both regional and international levels,' the President said in an address on the occasion of the 33rd Anniversary of the Unification of the Armed Forces.

'The unification ushered in a new era in the history of our Armed Forces.

That historical decision launched the process of the overall modernisation of our Armed Forces capabilities; it enabled them to acquire state-of-the-art weaponry and equipment, and gain the best field skills in line with modern military concepts and doctrines,” the President added.

"That historical decision launched the process of the overall modernisation of our Armed Forces capabilities; it enabled them to acquire state-of-the-art weaponry and equipment, and gain the best field skills in line with modern military concepts and doctrines.

"Our Armed Forces have succeeded, through their diligence, attention to training, and their keenness to keep themselves abreast of the latest technological advancements, in assimilating many defence systems and modern technological hardware within a comparatively short period. As such, they may now be classified amongst the most modern armies and have contributed decisively to the human and economic development of our country.

"The achievements made to date by our Armed Forces should be seen as an incentive for further progress; they should inspire us to exert even greater efforts in training with the aim of attaining high levels of combat preparedness, in order to deal with any contingency.

On the UAE Armed Forces' engagement in international roles, the President said: "The unique role played by our Armed Forces in international peacekeeping missions in many conflict zones around the world may be considered a sign of the high regard in which the professionalism of our Armed Forces is held by the international community.

He continued; "It is also an expression of appreciation for the wise policy of the United Arab Emirates whose main tenets are built around our respect for international legality, the establishment of equal regional and international relations that eschew triggering deadly conflicts and devastating wars.

"Moreover, we remain committed to solving such conflicts through international laws and norms. It is on the basis of these principles that we view the building of a capable defence force as a strong implement with which to deter all attempts that might seek to infringe on our rights, violate our sovereignty or damage the security of our nation,” he emphasised.

"We congratulate all of you on this cherished occasion, we are quite confident that you will remain, as you have always been, a symbol of our unity, a source of our pride, an important factor in our prosperity and a strong tenet of our federation, supporting its glorious march and consolidating its high stance,' Sheikh Khalifa concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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