Steady Approach in Supporting Brotherly Countries

  • 21 April 2016

Since the establishment of the United Arab Emirates by the founding father late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan- may God bless his soul- the UAE has been an oasis of benevolence and a source of support for all brotherly and friendly countries, as it abstains from interfering in internal affairs and strives for the peaceful resolution of conflicts.

The UAE also undertakes efforts to foster peace and stability at the regional and international levels and promotes respect for international conventions and agreements. The UAE also supports populations afflicted by crises, natural disasters or wars.

Faithful to the path set by late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan- may God bless his soul, the current leadership spearheaded by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan- may God protect him- gives particular importance to its Arab brothers. It has a proven record of solidarity and honourable stands in support of Arab countries and peoples.

The UAE has provided full support in times of adversity and ease. This included political, economic, development, health and social aid with a view to helping brotherly and friendly countries reinforce security and stability in a way that is conducive to achieving development goals and countering any kind of threat.

In this context, upon directives from His Highness President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan- may God protect him- and supervision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE donated 36.7 million dirhams to the UN Development Programme following an agreement signed between the UN agency and the UAE foreign ministry. The aim is to support the re-settlement and infrastructure projects as well as social development in the areas that were recently liberated from Daech terrorist organization in Iraq.

This UAE humanitarian move has a multilayered significance. First, it reflects that the UAE, with international reputation in terms of humanitarian generosity, is pressing ahead with supporting brotherly and friendly countries in line with steady principles. Second, this lofty initiative shows that the UAE is a key player in countering terrorism and extremism which are casting a threat on the whole world.

The UAE’s firm stand against terrorism and extremism was also evidenced in its active contribution in the Arab Coalition to save the people of Yemen from the yoke of the Houthi coup as well as in its participation in the international coalition against Daech in Iraq and Syria. The UAE’s contributions in this regard are not only limited to the military and intellectual components of the fight against terrorism and extremism, it also includes efforts to address the repercussions of terrorism through helping the populations of areas liberated from Daech to return to their homes. This was lauded Lise Grande the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq who said “ there is no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are ready to return to their homes in the recently liberated areas. This generous contribution of the UAE will help us rapidly improve conditions in the main cities.”

The third aspect is that the UAE continuous to provide support to the brotherly people of Iraq to face all crises. Data offered by the ministry of foreign affairs and cooperation indicate that the total Emirati aid to Iraq during the last five years stands at around 550.5 million dirhams. This aid covers all development and humanitarian areas, which further highlights the humanitarian dimension of the UAE foreign policy.