Sunday 05 January 2014

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed the council members, saying that the UAE, under the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ,had been giving utmost care to establishing world -class educational institutions to drive research and development and to further boost strategic thinking.   " Along with other military and civilian institutions, the National Defense College, is viewed as an important addition in preparing and qualifying national resources, to keep pace with the latest scientific and strategic development, in a way that will enable us to confront challenges, to deal with changes regionally and internationally, and to make the right decision that will support the country's development drive and maintain its achievements,"  he added.   The council members reviewed the ongoing first NDC course for 30 candidates and discussed other topics on the meeting's agenda, including the college's plans.   Present were H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Saif Sultan Al Aryani, Secretary General of the Higher National Security Council, Lt. General Hamad Mohamed Thani Al Rmeithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Dr Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, Director of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, and Lt. General Rashad Mohamed Salem Al Saadi, Commandant of the National Defense College.