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Mohamed bin Zayed receives Kosovo's highest honour from President Atifete Jahjaga

posted on 22/04/2014: 3776 views

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces yesterday was presented with the Order of Independence, Kosovo's highest honour to international figures, by visiting President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga.

Kosovo's Order of Independence recognises UAE's contribution to peace-keeping in Kosovo, its social and economic aid to the Balkan country as well as its recognition of independent Kosovo, as well as the efforts of His Highness the Crown Prince to back and follow up the peace-keeping process in Kosovo.

In her remarks as she presented His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed with the honour, President Jahjaga said, "In tribute to the friendship between our countries and in gratitude and deep appreciation for the helping hand that you have given to Kosovo, to its renewal, to giving life to the hope of its people to become masters of their own fate and to build their own state. We cherish the commitment of the United Arab Emirates and His Highness, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed al Nahyan to peace and welfare in the Republic of Kosovo.

"Your Highness, we have been moved by your leadership and willingness to help revive Kosovo after the devastating war and by your determination to lay the foundation of a lasting friendship with Kosovo.

The people of Kosovo deeply value the contribution of the United Arab Emirates military forces in peacekeeping in Kosovo, which cemented peace and stability in the whole region of south-eastern Europe and helped us restore the bridges of cooperation between our people. Your men in uniform, under His Highness command, left a legacy to be proud of.

The recognition of Kosovo's independence by the United Arab Emirates is a continuation of the strengthening of our ties and of the consolidation of our state internationally. This act of recognition was the clearest sign that, regardless of the geographic distance between us, we are united by values and ideals that drive our vision for prosperous countries for the well-being of our citizens.

In accordance to the Constitution of the Republic of Kosovo, the President of Kosovo Madame Atifete Jahjaga has taken the decision to award you the Order of Independence, Kosovo's highest award given to international dignitaries, to esteemed friends of Kosovo as a sign of gratitude and respect. In honouring you, we honour ourselves," added President of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga.

On his part, His Highness the Crown Prince expressed his delight at the generous gesture by the President of Kosovo and said, "Our delight is even greater as peace has been achieved in Kosovo." "UAE takes pride in the vital and effective role it plays alongside the international peace-keepers in establishing stability in Kosovo." "The late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was an originator of initiatives aimed at helping the people of Kosovo. UAE's assistance was not limited to the participation of its armed forces in the peace-keeping and stabilisation operations as he was keenly interested in launching vital developments and service projects in order to enable the people of Kosovo to tap their capabilities and launch the process of progress and development. Today, this approach continues under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for establishing the best friendship and cooperation relations with the Republic of Kosovo." "UAE's message to the world has always been that based on its effective contribution, within the international community, to all that leads to the achievement of peace, stability and development, and promote the values of peace, co-existence and justice across the world," added His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed bilateral relations between UAE and Kosovo, and ways of bolstering and promoting them in the service of the interests of both countries and their peoples.

In his remarks at the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed affirmed UAE's interest in cementing and promoting relations with the Republic of Kosovo in all spheres.

On her part, the Kosovan president Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, emphasised that her country is likewise interested in cooperation, and wider bilateral relations with UAE in economic, trade and investment spheres, as well as in tapping UAE's excellence and advancements in overall development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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