The 51st Union Day is the first national day of the era of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who assumed the reins of power on 14 May.
After assuming presidency of the Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan continued the march started by his late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and completed by his late brother Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in strengthen the Gulf Solidarity Process.
In his speech in on the occasion of the country’s 51st National Day, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan underlined his country’s willingness to strengthen Arab and Gulf solidarity, stressing that these countries possess potential for rapprochement and integration that may not be available to others in other regions of the world.
In this regard, he said, “In the light of rapid regional and international changes, the UAE understands the importance of strengthening Arab-Arab partnerships for the benefit of Arab peoples, and contributes to the investment of Arab resources and capabilities for development which benefits everyone.”
He continued: “The transformations of the world in recent years have confirmed the importance of strengthening all aspects of regional cooperation between countries belonging to a region or aarea geography, as is the case in the Arab countries in General or of the countries of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf in particular, as these countries have potential for convergence.” and integration that may not be available to others in other regions of the world.
And he stated that “the UAE is working in collaboration with their brothers to promote Arab integration on a new basis that is effective and realistic and is based on common interests and stems from economic and development cooperation, and aims, in in the first place, to the prosperity and development of peoples”.
Political discussions and meetings that translate concretely in reality, through continuous discussions and mutual visits to strengthen cooperation between the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The UAE’s National Day celebrations come days after a meeting between Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. On the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged cordial conversations, and discussed the distinct bilateral relations between the two sibling countries, as well as a number of issues of common interest and issues and files on the agenda of the G20 summit.
It also comes after telephone talks between His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and the Emir of the State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on November 21, during which Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan congratulated Qatar on opening the 2022 FIFA World Cup, noting the support of the UAE and Qatar and backing its efforts to host the tournament.
For his part, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani expressed his thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his congratulations, wishing Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan good health and well-being and the UAE further progress and prosperity.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, attended the 2022 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in Qatar last November 20, at the invitation of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and in the framework of fraternal relations between the two States and the close ties between the two fraternal peoples.
On the 10th of the same month, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Bahrain, during which he held talks with the Bahraini monarch, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
During the meeting, the two sides exchanged cordial fraternal conversations reflecting the deep relations between the UAE and the Kingdom of Bahrain and their two brother peoples, and their common desire to consolidate them in a way that serves their mutual interests and satisfies their aspirations for further progress and development.
During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa watched the final phase of the joint UAE-Bahrain counter-terrorism exercise ‘Galmod 3’.
At the beginning of the exercise, the two countries signed a memorandum of cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
That visit came weeks after a historic state visit by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Sultanate of Oman on September 27 and 28, during which he held talks with Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq, which formed an important turning point in the history of relations between the two countries, with its important connotations and messages and what came of it. on the results.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s visit to the Sultanate of Oman, which is the highest type of official visit, highlights the strength and durability of the brotherly relations between the two countries, which draw their roots from the common history, good neighborhood, and the depth of the bonds of affection which unite the peoples of the two countries.
Around 16 agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed during the visit to enhance cooperation between the two countries in various fields, the most important of which is a cooperation agreement on the railway link project between the two countries, with the total investment for the project worth $3 billion.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan holding talks with Sheikh Mishaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait on the sidelines of the ‘Jeddah Summit on Security and Development’ in the Kingdom of Arabia Saudi on July 16.
During the meeting, they discussed the brotherly relations between the UAE and the State of Kuwait and ways to develop them in a way that serves the interests of the two countries and of the two fraternal peoples and strengthens the joint action of the Gulf.
The two sides also exchanged views on a number of issues and developments worrying the two countries.
Leader-level visits and discussions were among dozens of visits that took place during the year in course between UAE officials and various Gulf Cooperation Council countries, who witnessed consultations and discussions to enhance cooperation between the UAE and various Gulf Cooperation Council countries at various levels.
A strong partnership with which the national days in the GCC countries have become a cherished and joint celebration, uniting the hearts of the peoples of the Gulf and embodying the historic fraternal relations between the two countries that are growing closer and strengthening by the year in year, the common destiny that unites them and the promising future of those relationships.
The UAE National Day is of particular significance, given the establishment of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, on 25 May 1981.
And since the first Gulf Summit was held at the invitation of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi in May 1981, during which it was officially decided to establish the Cooperation Council for Gulf Arabs, and through the 42nd summit held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on 14 December. Last December, and to this day, the UAE is making outstanding efforts to preserve the Cooperation Council.
And Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has previously confirmed that the UAE, from which the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf was launched in 1981, has been enthusiastic since the era of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on anything that could improve the Gulf Joint Action process in order to achieve security, stability and prosperity and prosperity for the people of the Council.
Initiatives and achievements
The UAE has contributed to strengthening the brotherhood of the Gulf, not only through the Gulf Summits it hosted, which were milestones in the history of the Gulf States, with the resulting decisions in favor of supporting security, prosperity and of stability in the region and the achievement of prosperity for its peoples, but also through every conquest it has achieved at any level.
This was evident in its efforts to transfer its pioneering expertise in space science to the Arab and Gulf countries, through the “Arab Group for Space Cooperation” launched by the UAE in 2019 and headquartered in Abu Dhabi, and aimed at encouraging and activating Arab cooperation in space activities with common goals.
The group includes 14 Arab countries, including 5 Gulf countries: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and the Sultanate of Oman.
The UAE pays great attention to the process of preparing young Arab cadres in the field of space science and providing them with knowledge and skills that help advance the scientific and economic development process in their societies.
And in one of the fruits of the UAE’s effective support to promote and develop the space industries sector in the Arab world, both through joint projects and by embracing Arab scientific talents and expertise, preparing and training them in this field, the joint Emirati-Bahrain satellite, 1″ light to the International Space Station was launched last December.
‘Light 1’ joins the list of UAE-led projects and initiatives aiming to develop and sustain the Arab space sector, the first of which is satellite 813, which His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum , Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, directed to develop it, as a gift from the UAE to other countries, in occasion of the signing of the charter establishing the “Arab Group for Space Cooperation”.
The multispectral satellite will monitor the Earth and measure environmental and climate elements in a number of Arab countries, including vegetation, soil types, minerals, water and their sources, as well as measuring greenhouse gases, pollution and dust in the air.
This was also evident during the UAE’s hosting of ‘Expo 2020 Dubai’ which is the first international trade fair to be held in the Arab world and the largest cultural event in the world, which the UAE used to be an open diplomatic, cultural and economic window to enhance bilateral cooperation with various countries around the world in general, and Gulf countries in particular.
During the event, which lasted 6 months and ended at the end of last March, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan wanted to visit all the pavilions of the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in a message that confirms the willingness of the UAE and its leaders to strengthen Gulf solidarity, interdependence and brotherhood among its countries.
The UAE believes that many achievements need to be invested in increasing cooperation between countries in the region and achieving solidarity among them in order to achieve prosperity, stability and face challenges.
Cooperation is expected to increase in the coming period as the UAE continues to achieve achievements which it will employ in the interests of promoting prosperity and stability, consolidating Gulf and Arab relations, and realizing the aspirations of the peoples of the Gulf countries.
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