His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, affirmed that the members of our armed forces, who sacrifice their lives and blood to protect and preserve the homeland within its borders, the achievements of its people and the sovereignty of its state. And their readiness for this country to remain united and lofty, stepping with determination and confidence towards the future, consolidating a victorious march whose daughters were laid by the founding fathers, may God bless their souls, who realized with keen vision the role of unified national armies, under one leadership and one flag, in the renaissance of peoples and the building of nations.
This came in a speech by His Highness addressed to the “Dir’ al-Watan” magazine on the forty-seventh anniversary of the unification of our armed forces..the following is its text..
// On this day, the sixth of May 2023, when our country, the people and the leadership, celebrates the forty-seventh anniversary of the unification of our armed forces, we raise the highest verses of appreciation and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the State, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and his brothers Their Highnesses The members of the Supreme Council, the rulers of the Emirates, may God protect them all, for their efforts to upgrade the capabilities of our armed forces and care for its members, retirees and families of its martyrs, which made our country an oasis of security and reassurance, and enabled it to move forward in implementing its giant development and service projects, and building its balanced external relations, in addition to its contribution Active and recognized in international efforts to maintain peace and security, combat terrorism, and assist in areas of disaster and conflict.
Our great and sincere pride is in the members of our Armed Forces, who sacrifice their lives and blood to protect and preserve the homeland within its borders, the achievements of its people and the sovereignty of its state. Her daughters are founding fathers, may God bless their souls, who realized with keen insight the role of unified national armies, under one leadership and one flag, in the renaissance of peoples and the building of nations.
In memory of this glorious day, we raise our hands, supplicating and praying for the late father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the country and the first supreme commander of our national army, and for his successor, the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, praying for mercy and forgiveness for them, and for the first generation of leaders, officers and non-commissioned officers. And the Emirati soldiers who laid the foundation blocks for this army whose faith, capabilities, apparatus and professionalism we are proud of. And gratitude to our martyrs who sacrificed their blood and lives for the homeland.
I ask God to help us all, to preserve our leadership, our army, our people and our country, and to perpetuate the blessing of security, peace, stability and prosperity //