Inauguration of the Gulf Defense Conference

Saturday 16 February 2013

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the State, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, Vice-President of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi inaugurated  the  Gulf Defense Conference with the presence of Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumeithi, the Chief of Staff of the UAE  Armed Forces on Saturday February 16, 2013. A speech about UAE Armed Forces was  delivered during the  ceremony by Major General Staff Pilot Rashad Mohammad Al Saadi ,the Commandant  of the National Defense College .An excerpt of this speech is "The security of the Arab Gulf region is of regional and international importance, thus the responsibility of  sustaining this security  and  ensuring  the safety of its maritime passages is  an internationally collaborative responsibility rather than a  domestic one .” “The  UAE leadership is working on  increasing its military and security readiness and strengthening the  cooperation with the neighboring countries and the international community to promote peace in the region and the world. "  “The strategic leadership  relies on  striking a balance in  building the  capabilities of the  naval ,land , air and  special forces  with the aim of   enhancing the  defense  and combat capabilities  of our armed forces .The UAE Armed Forces  have continuously contributed  in supporting the peacekeeping  forces  worldwide  and are in full readiness to  respond to any  relief  effort  provided  during  natural disasters  worldwide .” He added.