UAE’s Firm Stance on Palestinian Issue

  • 26 December 2007

The statement of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, during his meeting with Secretary-General of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo in the UAE recently, reiterated the fundamental position of the UAE towards the Palestinian cause. He stressed the authenticity of the UAE’s stance and stated that it is deeply rooted in the Arab consciousness, as the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan had consecrated it. His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan emphasized that the UAE’s position will always remain firm in its support for the Palestinian cause and that it would stand along side its Palestinian brethren so that they could achieve their legitimate right of establishing an independent state on Palestinian soil with Jerusalem as its capital. His Highness stated that the UAE will support the Arab and international efforts that aims at opening the doors for a just solution and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian cause, and that the UAE would support any endeavor aimed at promoting the peace process.

The importance of these statements does not lie in their being a true translation of the Arab dimension on UAE’s policies—that has always expressed itself during difficult crises—but also reflects a policy that does not stop at verbal assurances but has been practically translated in alleviating the suffering of Palestinians in the Palestinian Territories. UAE’s initiatives have helped Palestinians in difficult situations in all possible ways, which has endeared the UAE and its people in the hearts of Palestinians. In light of the above statement, the Palestinian Minister for Social Welfare praised His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Along with Yasser Abed Rabo, the Palestinian Minister hailed the constant support of the UAE Red Crescent Society to the Palestinian people in difficult circumstances. He also praised the several projects undertaken by the UAE Red Crescent Society in helping those in need in cooperation with the committee.

The UAE’s support to the cause of the Palestinian people is just one aspect of its overall support to the cause of Arabs in general. This has raised the image of the UAE among Arabs, and has made it a model for all that is good and sincere.