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Speech by H.E. Jamal Mohammed Al Hosani, Director General of the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, in celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of the Unification of the UAE Armed Forces

Today we celebrate the unification of the UAE armed forces which took place on the sixth of May 1976, an event that represents an important turning point in the history of the United Arab Emirates and a leap forward led by the Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Over the course of 43 years, the UAE has been living in peace and stability and has seen significant prosperity and development thanks to the efforts, dedication and sacrifice of our armed forces who spared no efforts to defend this country and maintain security and safety.

Our armed forces are the protective shield that guard us against those who wish to bring harm to our country and people. Our soldiers have shown unprecedented capabilities in combat as well as dedication, sacrifice and commitment to the values and principles laid down by the founders in order to achieve unity and support the country on its journey toward development. Building this country and maintaining tolerance and prosperity needs a force to defend it so that it can continue, so does the reinforcement of stability in the region and the world.

In conjunction with the Year of Tolerance and pursuant to the directions of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the participation of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the efforts of His Highness Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, our armed forces have set an example in their contributions to humanitarian and relief missions across the globe. Their efforts reflect the vision of the UAE’s leadership which seek to help and aid those in need and make the world a safer and more tolerant place to live in.

This day will forever be a milestone in the history of the United Arab Emirates and a proof that possessing power is crucial to achieving development and prosperity for any nation. Our people will not spare any effort to support our armed forces who sacrifice their lives in order for us to live in peace and security.

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