UAE Model Based on Values, Says Former Polish President Lech Walesa

  • 10 March 2014

The former President of the Republic of Poland and Nobel Peace Laureate, Lech Walesa, has praised the United Arab Emirates' model based on values and not money alone, saying, "The U.A.E. has managed to build a modern and beautiful state in the heart of the desert based on spiritual values and preservation of the social system values." He referred to the stability in the U.A.E. led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Members of the Supreme Council, Their Highnesses the Rulers of the Emirates and His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the U.A.E. Armed Forces and Chairman of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).

Walesa said at the lecture, entitled: "The Challenges of Globalisation and the Need for Solidarity" at the ECSSR, that his country was looking forward to developing relations with the U.A.E., especially in the area of exchanging educational missions. He called for establishing globalisation based on human solidarity values, conservation of the environment and equitable distribution of wealth.

He said there are strong protests in Europe over capitalism, stressing that the unemployment issue should be solved in order to sustain capitalism. Walesa recalled he had led a revolution in Poland that helped the liberation of East Germany from communism and the unification of the two Germanys without bloodshed.

The former Polish President underlined the fact that globalisation poses new challenges, citing that it should be used in areas that benefit humanity to achieve more justice and balance in the management of wealth and distribution.

"The west says the international community should be based on freedom", he continued, adding, "But I say we need values, respect for religions and transparency. We have to build the international community on these values, otherwise chaos will prevail." Walesa went on to say that, "We should look at the circumstances of each country so that we do not issue unnecessary judgments," adding that democracy needs cooperation at all levels, and brainstorming to achieve consensus on all issues.