ABU DHABI, 20th September, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, called on Emirati youth to search for promising opportunities and suggest innovative solutions to their diplomatic challenges, which will help strengthen Emirati diplomacy and ensure the country’s future.
He made this statement while attending part of a youth session, which is an initiative of the Emirates Youth Council and was held today by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, Youth Council, at the ministry in Abu Dhabi, under the theme, “The Future’s Diplomacy: Ambition and Hope.”
The session was attended by Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs, and Ahmed Sari Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as several youth leaders, young employees of the ministry, and students of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy.
Last month, Sheikh Abdullah issued a decision to form the MoFAIC Youth Council, with the aim of empowering the youth and motivating them to be more creative and innovative and participate in strengthening Emirati diplomacy.
The decision is part of the directives of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide the youth with exceptional opportunities to lead the future, and perform their mission to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071.
During the session, Al Mazrui thanked Sheikh Abdullah for his support and his role in caring for Emirati youth, which is helping to create promising future generations of Emirati youth armed with science and all-round knowledge.
She also noted the importance of the council’s role as a link between the youth and the leadership while hoping that it will organise more youth sessions and initiatives, which will help achieve the hopes and ambitions of the youth and the aspirations of the wise leadership.
The session discussed the opportunities and challenges of the youth in the diplomatic sector, as well as innovative solutions to face these challenges and other issues and topics that affect them.
The council has nine members who are formulating a strategy to strengthen the UAE’s foreign policy. It also adopted its theme to represent its work in preparing future generations of young diplomats, who can help achieve the Youth Agenda 2021.
The council aims to improve the skills of the ministry’s youth and highlight the UAE’s international efforts to empower the youth.
The staff of the MoFAIC includes 689 young men and women, with 52 percent being male and 48 percent being female.