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Whoever wants dialogue must first leave other loyalties: Gargash

posted on 11/08/2012: 2010 views

Dialogue is a positive term and the call for it is positive too, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of State for the Federal National Council Affairs, said in his latest posts on social media website ‘Twitter'.

Gargash said the case of the people, who have been detained for their links with a foreign organisation, has reached a dead end due to the obstructing channels of communication and avenues of dialogue.

He tweeted: "Our need today is to resort to law and the institutions to test the credibility and seriousness of the accusations levelled which, in this case, are links to foreign agendas and organisations and being loyal to a party other than the nation. This is something perilous that is happening for the first time here in our society and country.

"Whoever calls for a dialogue should not blame the country's leaders and heads of the state for injustice and intransigence and doubt the credibility of the country's institutions on which our country and entity is based. Dialogue ought not to be like that.

"Whoever demands a dialogue should admit the guilt of giving preference to their loyalty to partisanship or so-called ‘ trans-border loyalty' than their loyalty to the homeland. Show me a country that accepts multiplicity in loyalty of its citizens. Suppose it excludes a certain category, it will not accept more exceptions to allow multiplicity in loyalty to political leanings and foreign organisations.

"We are well cognizant of the seriousness of that when we look at countries near and far from us. We could see the end — in terms of one's weak loyalty to his homeland. Instead, they are propelled by foreign agenda.

"Whoever wants a dialogue should desert that party for the principle of undivided loyalty: towards one's nation, the president, the community and the people.

"Maybe, the debates raised nowadays over the respect for our national flag, the icon of our statehood, are a proof for that (loyalty), and for us, in the United Arab Emirates, our flag will remain our icon and source of our pride.

"The attack on the principle of loyalty to our nation, our rulers and our institutions is still going on as part of an organised offensive campaign, and that offence on the country from abroad is against the call for dialogue.

"I repeat and repeat once more that the attempts to form parties were made some years ago, and we held meetings and dialogues within the scope of our customs, conventions and traditional tools.

"Despite these, those people stuck to their partisan agenda and did not leave their primary loyalty to the ‘Murshed' (top cleric of that party) and that party.

"Those people have wrongly read the Arab Spring and miscalculated the public mood,” Gargash tweeted.

"I end my posts by stating that dialogue is a positive term and a good suggestion, but the most important thing is to reject partisanship in favour of the nation and to be well aware of the fact that loyalty to something other than their own home country is definitely inadmissible in the UAE.” – Khaleej Times


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