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Compilation of UAE speeches to the United Nations General Assembly issued

posted on 04/11/2007: 1242 views

The whole collection of speeches delivered over 35 years by representatives of the United Arab Emirates before the United Nations General Assembly has been issued by the UAE Foreign Ministry.

The 429-page, six-section compilation entitled "The UAE speeches before the UN General Assembly from 1971 to 2006" offers a documentary overview of the UAE foreign policy based on speeches by its successive representatives at the world's largest annual meeting of the heads of states.

The speeches, organised in chronological order, were delivered by current UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and former Foreign Ministers Ahmed Khalifa Al Suwaidi (1971-1978), Rashid Abdullah Al Nuaimi (1978-2006) and the late Saif Saeed Ghobash (1973-1977).

The introduction of the new book noted that the UAE, ever since it became a member of the United Nations in 9 December 1971, has been keen to commit itself to the principles outlined in the Charter of the United Nations and all affiliated organizations and entities.

The foreign policy of the United Arab Emirates is based upon a set of guiding principles laid down by the late Sheikh Zayed, the country's founding father and are adopted by the country's current leadership, it said adding that "the late Sheikh Zayed established a policy of seeking to build friendly relations with other nations." A main feature of UAE foreign policy, said the book, has been its support for the United Nations and its affiliated agencies. Through its support for such bodies, it said, the UAE seeks to reinforce the rule of international law, promote international security, stability, sustainable development as well as principles of tolerance and good neighbour international relations.

The basic guidelines of foreign policy which are based upon the principles enunciated in the Charter of the United Nations and are still followed today by the UAE's leadership, were established by the country's founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed, to extend the country's international ties and economic weight to play a regional as well as an international role. A fundamental element in the UAE's foreign policy is the promotion of intra-Arab and intra-GCC ties.

The sixth section of the new book presents a document bearing the signatures of representatives of other countries to the ceremonial hoisting and flying of the UAE national flag among the flags of other nations on 8 December, 1971 outside of the United Nation's Headquarters in New York to mark the admission of the UAE into the United Nations fold. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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