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UAE will remain a staunch advocate of peace: Khalifa bin Zayed

posted on 06/05/2002: 904 views

UAE leaders said yesterday that the UAE would always remain a staunch advocate of peace and love, while denouncing violence, terrorism and aggression and extending bridges of friendship, accord and cooperation among nations of the world. Speaking to "Dir'a Al Watan” magazine on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Armed Forces' Unification Day, which falls today (May 6), the leaders heaped praise on President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the driving force behind achievements made by the army. "Sheikh Zayed has spared no time, money and effort to modernise the Armed Forces. We are very grateful for his incessant support, directives and follow up of all activities to upgrade the army's theoretical and practical capabilities,” said H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

'The Sixth of May will be cherished as a critical historical juncture in the life of the UAE people. It is a good opportunity to draw valuable lessons and unleash energies to deepen noble values and principles laid down by Sheikh Zayed and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates,'" Sheikh Khalifa said in statement to mark the occasion.

Sheikh Khalifa said that building of the Armed Forces was not an easy task because we had to mobilise all energies and resources to come out with an integrated military strategy with deep links with the comprehensive national development in its political, economic, social and cultural dimensions. "This strategy is naturally, interaction with security of the GCC, the Arab world and international peace and security at large. It also considers regional and global changes and circumstances, the UAE's strategic location, its social and cultural characteristics and moral values, as well as adoption of advanced military technology,” he added. He said that the Armed Forces had made a qualitative breakthrough, pushing it to stand on a par with the most modern armies in the region thanks to the availability of modern weaponry, sound scientific planning and organisation and highly trained national personnel.

"The UAE, under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed, will always be among the firm advocates of peace and harmony and will denounce violence, terrorism and aggression, while building bridges of friendship and cooperation. It will adhere to the principles of respecting neighbours' rights, non-interference in others' internal affairs and settlement of disputes through peaceful means,” Sheikh Khalifa said. Turning to the Palestinian cause, Sheikh Khalifa voiced the UAE's full support for the Palestinian people and leadership in their struggle to end the infamous Israeli occupation and establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

He appealed to the international community to take decisive measures to curb the barbaric Israeli acts against the civilian population in Palestinian towns, villages and camps, warning that such behaviour threatens to dim peace hopes and destabilise regional and international peace and security. "We urge the international community, the UN and international humanitarian organisations to halt the Israeli aggression and expose its savage crimes and end the occupation. We call on the US, in its capacity as a peace broker, to pile practical pressure on Israel in order to comply with international resolutions calling it to withdraw from Palestinian and Arab territories,” he said.

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister, said the UAE, under the leadership of Sheikh Zayed, would continue to be a peace loving nation, extending its helping hand to brothers and friends. "We in the UAE are building our people, army and economy to live peacefully and decently within our national borders away from any bad aims and objectives against anyone because we always call for peace and harmony,” Sheikh Mohammed told the magazine. "Our aim is to build a unified army capable of delivering its national and humanitarian message honestly and decently in accordance with noble Arab-Islamic values.” Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, praised the remarkable progress made by the Armed Forces as a source of pride for the country. "Sheikh Zayed has provided the financial and moral support to ensure the building of a sound and capable Armed Forces,” he said. He stressed that the Armed Forces would remain the strong protector of national achievements. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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