Important Call by UAE

  • 8 May 2008

The statements made His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, during his reception of Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were highly significant because of their contents, their timing and their message. His Highness affirmed that the present situation is full of regional and international challenges and called on the GCC to examine the expected threats before determining the rights options for dealing with them to promote the collective security of the GCC States.

These statements are rich in import. For one, they underscore the necessity of thinking about the expected challenges before they happen and stress a hands-on approach. This approach lies at the core of strategic thinking and the systematic management of any crisis. The second meaning to be derived here is for taking the initiative proactively. This requires the drawing up of plans, strategies and options for dealing with problems at any time. The third important meaning here is that the cooperation among the GCC states can serve as a mechanism for ensuring stability and security in the region. In addition, it is the essential and definitive choice for dealing positively and effectively with the challenges raised due to the prevailing situation whether it be regional or international. Thus, this cooperation is the guarantor against any dangers. The fourth meaning that can be derived from the statements of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan is based on the UAE's policy since its formation of close support and cooperation among Arab Gulf states, which in fact led to the launch of the GCC in Abu Dhabi in 1981, a policy driven by the cause of solidarity among countries in the face of external threats.

The statements of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan  are particularly significant as they come from a prominent expert and leader with great expertise and experience in the field of Gulf military cooperation and who has participated in shaping the important phases of the region's glorious history and is aware of the reality of threats which the GCC states confront at various levels. In addition, all these developments in the Gulf region, the Middle East and the rest of the world underscores the importance for formulating a joint strategy between GCC states that takes into consideration realities and dangers of the present and future because experiences of important and successful growth that these countries enjoy always need strengthening against all problems and crisis. The fact that the Gulf leadership is deeply aware of the nature of the contiguous changes and has a perspicuous and acute vision for dealing with them comes as a major reassurance and relief as well as builds our confidence in the future.