Defending Virtue, Peace and Justice
- 9 November 2015
The grand welcome accorded to the first batch of the UAE’s brave Armed Forces returning from Yemen is proof of the country’s pride in its soldiers and their sacrifices for the defense of virtue, justice, peace and stability. The soldiers were part of the Saudi Arabia-led coalition and will be replaced by the second batch, which assumes its duties in Yemen. They are fighting for the principles on which the UAE’s foreign policy is based. The policy is based on the principle of promotion of peace, stability and security in the region and globally, mutual respect and non-interference in internal affairs of other countries, respecting peoples’ right to self-determination and dialog and coexistence among people of different civilizations, cultures and faiths on the principles of tolerance and openness. It seeks to eliminate extremism, intolerance and violence and responds with humanitarian assistance to people in need, especially during crises, disasters, and conflicts.
The speech of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), on this occasion is the best expression of the fundamentals of the UAE’s foreign policy and the position taken by the country towards Arab brothers and friendly people and countries around the world. “We are a nation of peace and we never hesitate to establish and promote the causes of peace, consolidate the foundations for preserving and perpetuating it. We defend the values of justice, rightness and goodness, provide relief for whoever is in distress and go to the front line to help the oppressed wherever they are,” His Highness said.
This was similar to the speech delivered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), who said that this endeavor proves that the UAE is an advocate of peace and justice. “We haven’t gone to Yemen in pursuit of selfish interests. We haven’t attacked anyone and we never beat drums of war. The war was imposed on us after all peaceful solutions were exhausted and after Yemen fell to the grip of armed militias with a destructive sectarian agenda, not only for Yemen but for the whole region. Our participation in the Arab coalition came as part of a national mission, dictated by our national and humanitarian responsibilities, in response to a request by the legitimate government in Yemen and in implementation of the international legitimacy resolutions,” he said.
Through its tireless efforts in Yemen, the UAE has proved to be an effective participant in the liberation of Yemen, defense of the country’s unity and territorial integrity, and defending the right of its brotherly people for a safe and dignified life. This proves that the UAE’s actions are driven by its humanitarian principles and approach calling for and supporting peace adopted since the foundation of the Union by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God bless his soul), who established these values in the hearts of citizens, who remain keen and faithful in defending them.