Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, said that the 41st anniversary of Armed Forces Unification Day represents a deep national symbolism, which exemplifies our unification, cohesion, far-sighted vision and the strong will and strategic awareness of the wise leadership In his speech on the anniversary, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
“On the occasion, we recall with pride and gratitude the wisdom of the founder of the country, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Rulers of the Emirates, who supported the pillars of the Union and took the decision of unifying the brave Armed Forces on 6th May, 1976.”
“Now, we recognize the strategic and extreme value of the occasion, as the Armed Forces have become the shield and sword that protect our national gains and safeguard the march of the Union and, at the same time, are capable of tackling challenges and threats witnessed by our region and the whole world,” Al Rumaithi said.
He added that the nation’s regional and global experiences have shown that the founding fathers’ belief in the Union was a far-sighted vision. The Union was embodied in the unification of the Armed Forces, which is deemed one of its fruits and successes.
Al Rumaithi noted that through this decision, the nation has succeeded in establishing a strong national institution that plays a pivotal role enhancing cohesion, national identity and belonging to one land, and to tackle one's challenges through strengthening the Union.
“On the occasion, I have expressed pride and gratitude at the role played by members of the UAE Armed Forces and those who are part of the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia to defend the rights and constitutional legitimacy of the fraternal people of Yemen,” he said.
The Chief-of-Staff of the UAE Armed Forces noted that the brave UAE soldiers are honorable role models as a result of long years of training, qualification and investment in human resources, as well as developing their combat and training capabilities.
“On this occasion, we salute the spirits of our martyrs, whose sacrifices enlighten our present and future, and provide a role model of loyalty and belonging to the homeland and the prudent leadership,” he reiterated.
“On this occasion, I extend greetings and appreciation to President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, whose will and far-sighted vision were crucial to the empowerment of the country, to develop the UAE Armed Forces, to protect the development march and enhance our security and stability,” he concluded.