ABU DHABI, 5th May, 2019 (WAM) — His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said that the continuous development of the Armed Forces, in terms of armaments and training, remains a priority. The leadership firmly believes that UAE’s development must be safeguarded, and that a country capable of defending its interests in a world full of threats and challenges needs sophisticated military power to ensure its progress and development.
In a speech marking the 43rd Unification Day of the Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the development of the Armed Forces was helping to secure the stability and peace of the region. He said the Armed Forces had been a force for peace across the world and had played an important role in peace-keeping efforts globally.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the leadership was keen on supporting the Armed Forces and providing them the necessary capabilities, and regarded them as the symbol of national pride and the basis of the country’s progress.
His Highness said the UAE would always be grateful to its loyal sons who had brought it glory and made great sacrifices to defend it. He said the nation remembered its fallen martyrs who laid down their lives so that the UAE could be secure. Sheikh Mohamed said the country would firmly uphold the principles for which its heroic martyrs had sacrificed their lives – justice, honour and the fight against tyranny and aggression.
The UAE – the land of tolerance, co-existence and dialogue – would always be secure and stable, with the grace of the Almighty, the wisdom of its leadership and the loyalty of its people, Sheikh Mohamed said. He said the Armed Forces were at the forefront of loyalty, personified bravery and patriotism, and symbolised the nation’s strength and might.
Sheikh Mohamed concluded by saying that 6th May every year would serve as an inspiration to safeguard the legacy of UAE’s fathers and forefathers.
The full text of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s statement is as follows: Brothers and Sisters, our sons the officers and soldiers of our brave Armed Forces: On this national occasion that is dear to our hearts, on the occasion of the 43rd Unification Day of the Armed Forces, I congratulate you from my heart, and highlight your role in protecting the nation and safeguarding its accomplishments and in doing so, becoming a source of pride for every Emirati.
On this glorious day in the history of the nation, I would like to congratulate our leader along this journey, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and their brothers, Their Highnesses, Members of the Supreme Council and Rulers of the Emirates.
On this occasion, we fondly remember the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brother Rulers of the Emirates, who made a historical decision on 6th May 1976 to unite the Armed Forces under one flag, one goal and one leadership. It was one of the most important decisions in the nation’s history, not only because UAE defence capabilities were consolidated, but also because it led to a unified, sophisticated army capable of countering any threat and confronting those trying to undermine the country’s interests. Moreover, this decision helped foster and strengthen the Union. As a result, the people of the UAE developed bonds of brotherhood, and their hearts and sentiments united, and together they shed their blood in the service of one flag, to protect our nation and its interests.
Brothers and sisters, our sons the officers and soldiers of our brave Armed Forces: The UAE will forever be grateful to its loyal sons who have brought it glory and made great sacrifices to defend it. On this glorious occasion, we remember our fallen martyrs who are the epitome of sacrifice and heroism. They have fallen so the nation can rise and live in security. We pray to Allah for their noble souls to rest in peace, and may they be the chosen ones. We reiterate that the UAE shall firmly uphold the principles for which our heroic martyrs sacrificed their lives – justice, honour and the fight against tyranny and aggression.
Brothers and sisters, our sons the officers and soldiers of our brave Armed Forces: The continued development of our brave armed forces, in armaments and training, remains a priority. This stems from the leadership’s firm belief that development must be safeguarded, and that a country capable of defending its interests in a world full of risks, threats and challenges must have sophisticated military power to fortify itself on the path to progress and development.
The Armed Forces, 43 years after their union, have become a reference in state-of-the-art arms and technology and effective training, with the support of the leadership and the loyalty of its people. They are capable of operating in different terrains and perform various missions with a high level of efficiency and professionalism. They have won the respect and appreciation of the region and the wider world, and have become one more instance of the UAE’s all-round development.
The development of our Armed Forces helps secure the security, stability and peace of the region. The Armed Forces have always been a force for peace in the region and across the world. They have played an important role in peace-keeping efforts across the world, thus reinforcing the UAE’s international credentials.
The leadership is keen on supporting the Armed Forces and providing them the necessary capabilities. It regards the Armed Forces as the symbol of our pride and the basis of our progress.
Our Armed Forces have always been up to the challenge and worthy of the responsibility and trust bestowed upon them by our leadership and people. They have fought to defend their nation and all that is right and just, and have been fitting ambassadors of the UAE in all the peace-keeping missions they have been part of around the world.
Women in the Armed Forces have earned the trust and support of the leadership under President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. They have demonstrated they are worthy of this trust and privilege over years of hard work. Women have made great achievements and demonstrated competence and the ability to assume responsibility in various areas of national duty.
Brothers and sisters, our sons the officers and soldiers of our brave Armed Forces: This beloved nation, the land of tolerance, co-existence and dialogue, shall always be secure and stable, with the grace of the Almighty, the wisdom of its leadership and the loyalty of its people. You, the Armed Forces, are at the forefront of loyalty, you personify bravery and patriotism, and are a symbol of the nation’s strength and might.
May 6th of every year will serve as an inspiration to safeguard the legacy of our fathers and forefathers, as desired by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and his brothers, the Founding Fathers.
May Allah preserve the UAE and its people.