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UAE leaders praise Zayed as maker of modern UAE

posted on 07/08/2002: 2428 views

Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the emirates, Crown Princes and other UAE leaders gave yesterday special credit to President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as maker of modern UAE. Speaking to 'Dira Al Watan' magazine on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed's accession day as Ruler of Abu Dhabi which falls on August 6, the UAE leaders acknowledged that Sheikh Zayed's far-sighted policies had brought remarkable progress to UAE in all walks of life and earned the country a reputed standing at regional and international domains.

They also wished Sheikh Zayed good health, long life and more success in his efforts to achieve further development for the country and prosperity and welfare for its people. ' The march for prosperity and welfare in the UAE began with the rise of the sun of August 6. It was a departure point for a new era which was full of devotion and sacrifices for the sake of the homeland,' said H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Sheikh Maktoum said that Sheikh Zayed had built a modern state in record time enjoying viable economy and one of the world's highest per capita income.

'Looking to the future, Sheikh Zayed has forged a comprehensive development vision that based on putting national resources at the disposal of development of UAE citizen as an engine of national development. He always believes that self-dependence is the best guarantee for the present and future of the country as well as for its security and stability,' Sheikh Maktoum said.

The UAE has wield a heavy weight at Arab, Islamic and international forums through its firm policy that is based on human principles, adherence to international laws and commitment to solidarity, peace, justice. On the Arab domain, Sheikh Maktoum said, Sheikh Zayed had left no stone unturned to achieve solidarity and unity among the Arab-Islamic nations. ' Sheikh Zayed holds the view that Arab solidarity is the safety valve against the daunting political and economic challenges which threaten our Arab future and existence under globalisation, economic groupings and collapse of borders,' he added.

Turning to Palestinian cause, Sheikh Maktoum voiced the UAE's strong support for the Palestinian Intifada against the Israeli occupation and oppression. ' We will stand firmly by the side of Palestinian people and its leadership until they recover their usurped rights and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital,' he said. Sheikh Maktoum also urged the US to play an active role and act swiftly to put an end to Israeli aggressive policies against the Palestinian civilians.

In his statement on the occasion, H.H. Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah said that August6, 1966, which saw Sheikh Zayed acceding the throne as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, marks a historic trend in the country's history as it paved the way for fraternal talks between their Highnesses, Rulers of the emirates, leading to the formation of the UAE federation.

+As we mark this happy and historic occasion, we extend our profound congratulations and well-wishes to the President, His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to all his brethren, their Highnesses Members of the Supreme Council, Rulers of the emirates and to all the proud people of the UAE. We pray to Allah, the Almighty to repeat for us this happy occasion and to grant Sheikh Zayed good health and long life. We also pray to Allah to grant the UAE and its people more progress and prosperity," he said. He went on to say: +As we celebrate this happy occasion, we reaffirm our sincere appreciation of the method and approach Sheikh Zayed adopts to achieve the country's civilisational progress. He has focused his attention on the development of the UAE person by making him the cornerstone of his development programme, and has harness all of the country's resources to achieve progress and prosperity for his country and people.+

+Sheikh Zayed has worked hard to see the existence of the UAE long years before the federation. He has sponsored the talks leading to the establishment of the federation, putting forward all his experience and wisdom. He has dedicated his life in the service of his country and people, as well as his Arab and Islamic nations, and has made generous contributions to humanity at large.+ He said that Sheikh Zayed's internal and external policies were full of wisdom and foresight.

+At the local level, Sheikh Zayed has adopted impartial stand. His efforts towards creating awareness and development were applied to all without exception, while at the external level, he has adopted a wise and civilisational approach to the issue of our three occupied islands,+ he said, adding +We still stand by our rights on the islands. We are never ready to relinquish those rights. We are going to pursue them through GCC diplomatic channels to reach settlements either by direct bilateral negotiations or international arbitration until our three islands of Greater and Lesser Tunbs and Abu Musa return to us,+ he said.

Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Qaiwain H.H. Sheikh Rashid bin Ahmed Al Mu'alla said the 6th of August 1966 had laid down the foundation of the UAE federation. ' Backed by his fellows (Rulers of the emirates), Sheikh Zayed has made stellar human, economic and educational development. We are proud of the achievements we made under the reign of Sheikh Zayed,' Sheikh Rashid said on the glorious occasion.

He said that Sheikh Zayed had early realized the vital importance of education as a base for progress and therefore he had established prominent educational institutions that produced competent generations who are now running their country's affairs. Speaking on the occasion, H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, described the 6th of August as a bright spot and turning point in UAE history. ' Sheikh Zayed emerged as a true great Arab-Muslim leader who steered the UAE to progress and present its civilisational face to the world despite big challenges.

'The UAE, under the wise leadership of Sheikh Zayed, has embraced modernity without harming its originality and local values. The UAE is now reaping the fruits of long years of persistent hardwork,' he added. ' Sheikh Zayed is staunch advocate of Arab-Islamic solidarity at all forums,' he said.

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, hailed the 6th of August as the most critical day in UAE history. ' Sheikh Zayed's vision is based on keeping pace with progress without affecting Arab-Islamic values and local heritage,' Sheikh Khalifa said in remarks to mark the 36th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed's accession day. Sheikh Khalifa said Sheikh Zayed had built a modern state capable of dealing with challenges and changes by benefiting from their positive aspects and avoiding negatives.

Sheikh Khalifa noted that the educational process was facing an uphill battle in its bid to cope with the rapid technological progress. 'We should always be ready to deal with changes and interact positively with modern developments in order to add new contributions to human progress,' he said. Economically, Sheikh Khalifa said the country had created adequate mechanisms and provided suitable investment atmosphere to help the local economy make highest growth. 'This balanced market economy, which attracts investment and allows capital flow, has encouraged greater involvement of the private sector in national economy,' he said.

On the international political front, Sheikh Khalifa said the UAE had managed to deal successfully with the recent regional and global changes. ' The UAE has backed the global anti-terrorism alliance and offered generous assistance to the Afghan people. On the Palestinian cause, the UAE, he said, viewed the Arab peace initiative, adopted by the recent Beirut summit, as the best solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sheikh Khalifa also called for a common Arab stance towards the US and European proposals to settle the Palestinian cause. He also referred to the UAE and Arab efforts to urge the UN, the US, Russia and the EU to press Israel to halt its escalating aggression against the Palestinian people. As for Iraq, he said, the UAE expects Baghdad to implement UN resolution to pave the way for lifting the crippling sanctions.

In Dubai, General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, lauded Sheikh Zayed as saviour of the UAE people from the age of darkness and backwardness. ' Sheikh Zayed has put the UAE train on the right track to security, peace, and socio-economic and political stability. He led his people to glory, freedom, modernity and decency,' Sheikh Mohammed said. He noted that Sheikh Zayed had used a big share of Abu Dhabi's oil exports income to build an educated, qualified citizen who loves his nation and faith.

Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, said that the reign of Sheikh Zayed was a watershed in the history of the UAE. He added that by virtue of his far-sightedness and wisdom, Sheikh Zayed had built a strong country of which all the citizens were proud. "Sheikh Zayed realized early that big dreams need long time, tolerance and will-power before they come true. Thanks to his sagacity, he was well aware too that such long periods of time could be curtailed inasmuch as the sublime objective was to achieve the aspirations of people in a prosperous country," the Deputy Prime Minister noted.

In a statement on the occasion, LT. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, said that during the reins of government of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE has accomplished great achievements in all domains and become the pride of its citizens. "The UAE has entered upon the 21st century and succeeded in holding a high position, at both regional and international levels, by virtue of modernization efforts and without relinquishing its genuine character and its Arab and Islamic culture," LT. General Sheikh Mohammed added. He pointed out that since his early days of rule Sheikh Zayed had striven to build a well-established, modern state protected by its sons. " And it was for this very reason that Sheikh Zayed had heedfully endeavoured to build an army capable of defending the country. He has thus given the armed forces all the support needed, enabling them restore security and stability in the country and contribute to the international peace-keeping efforts and various humanitarian assignments," LT. Sheikh Mohammed opined.

He noted that Sheikh Zayed had adopted a balanced and active foreign policy which resulted in maintaining friendly relations with all countries of the world. Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Chairman of the Abu Dhabi-based Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency (ERWDA), hailed Sheikh Zayed's efforts in conserving the environment. Sheikh Zayed's care for the environment, Sheikh Hamdan said, was not on the spur of the moment." It is based on a profound conception emanating from genuine religious values and social traditions," he added.

He went on to say that Sheikh Zayed was a pioneer advocate of environment and it was thus no wonder that the world and the specialized agencies had acknowledged him as such. " Acting on his directives, ERWDA has been working, since its inception, on mustering up enthusiasm, both from within Abu Dhabi and the UAE and with regional and international coordination, for the conservation of the environment," Sheikh Hamdan stated. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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