Khalifa praises UAE Armed Forces

WAM ABU DHABI, 5th May 2013 (WAM): In a statement published by Dira Al Watan Magazine on the occasion of the 37th Armed Forces Unification Day, President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said today that “The mastery of establishing a deterrent force, equipped with the latest equipment and military systems and technology, is the result of the preparation and implementation of modernised defensive and comprehensive programs which qualify the armed forces to safeguard the homeland and the unity of the community.” *** Following is the full text of Sheikh Khalifa’s statement: “Commanders, officers, NCOs and soldiers of the Armed Forces, We are pleased, while we mark the 37th Anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces, to greet and encourage you in your tireless efforts to improve your skills and qualifications to be able to serve your homeland and enhance its unity along with maintaining its material and human achievements, which makes the UAE state proud of its achievements in the field of security and stability.

The unification of the armed forces of our country was achieved in 1976 to form a pioneering stepin the process of building the institutions of the state in all areas, whereby we have strengthened this unity in our national work through our commitment to the objectives of the founding leaders. They wanted this nation to be strong and we follow them and continue, with our brothers, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, to build the basic components of these forces as we have prepared and implemented modernised defensive and comprehensive programmes which qualify the armed forces to safeguard the homeland and the unity of the community. And we are committed to continue our work to provide all aspects of support to bring our armed forces to a decent standard ,internally and externally, in the framework of an integrated defence strategy that aims to achieve excellence and to enable the armed forces to perform their national and humanitarian duties to the fullest.

My sons and daughters in the armed forces, We firmly believe that building strength means building peace and the best use of force is to achieve security , justice, political and community stability internally and to lend a hand and help brothers and friends externally. From this point, our armed forces have participated in international peacekeeping forces and campaigns to provide relief to areas stricken (by disasters) in a number of countries.