Affirmation of Unchanging Foreign Policies of the UAE

  • 3 September 2009

The meeting of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with UAE’s ambassadors and representatives accredited to regional and international missions and organizations abroad last Tuesday, offered an opportunity to affirm the principles of the UAE’s foreign policy, and the constants it has embraced since the formation of the UAE Federation, which are based on its complete respect for its commitments to the United Nations Charter and all international laws; and the establishment of relations with all countries of the world on the basis of mutual respect, non-interference in internal affairs, commitment to resolving disputes among countries through dialogue and peaceful means, to stand by matters of rights and justice and contribute to support international peace and stability. These principles have produced a balanced and moderate foreign policy through which the UAE has earned respect and appreciation in all international circles. The President pointed out that this has made the UAE synonymous with wisdom, rationality and moderation on both the regional and international arenas.

His Highness, The President reaffirmed commitment to the UAE's foreign policy principles to the ambassadors and representatives of the State at international and regional organizations, and said that these principles were laid down by the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which send out an important message that the UAE takes on strongly and effectively the variables and development of the era at all levels. The UAE has its constants it would not deviate from its orientation and is keen to forge its initiatives and moves within this framework. These are the characteristics of stable countries that believe in principles and have self-confidence because they were built on sound, clear and civilized foundations. The strong presence of the UAE at the regional and international levels, and its respectable image in world, extends not only on the official level, but at the grassroots level as well. The confidence it enjoyed with its positions and movements, the acceptance it received for its diplomatic interactions, in addition to the global support on its national issues, have not sprung from a vacuum, but from a foreign policy that has solid constants as well as a talented and patriotic team who reflect to the world the bright image of the UAE and translate its progress, openness, economic and social development, and express its originality and vitality. His Highness, the President stressed the fact that UAE’s openness to the world in the political, economic and investment fields carries with it responsibilities. He called his ambassadors to preserve the country’s highly respected image and that they should reflect the UAE’s accomplishments in all domains. This places an obligation on the UAE’s diplomacy, which has proved on many occasions that it is capable of handling such responsibilities.  The most recent success in evidence has been the hosting of the headquarters of The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, which clearly demonstrated the UAE’s political weight in the international arena, which is derived from its wise leadership and its immense contribution to peace, security, stability and development in the world.