Sheikh Khalifa supporting the UAE’s Armed Forces

Speaking to mark the 45th anniversary of Armed Forces Unification Day on Thursday, Sheikh Khalifa paid tribute to those who contributed “with loyalty and devotion, to establishing the foundations of our Armed Forces”.

He also praised those who lost their lives in service and reserved a special mention for Emirati servicewomen.

In remarks carried by the Nation Shield journal and reported by state news agency Wam, Sheikh Khalifa said the decision to unify the Armed Forces in 1976 underlined the vision of the country’s founders to establish a strong federal nation that is able to maintain its security and defend its interests.

He said the UAE Armed Forces were now recognised for their local and global achievements and this was down to Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father, and the work carried on since then by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the Rulers of the other emirates.

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