UAE For­eign Pol­icy's Mean­ing­ful En­gage­ments

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His High­ness Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, For­eignMin­is­ter of Unit­edArab Emi­rates(UAE) said on 40th Day Na­tional Day that a de­lib­er­ate and care­fully bal­anced for­eign pol­icy, there­fore, is nec­es­sary to keep UAE safe and en­sure. For­eign pol­icy of UAE stands upon three core golden prin­ci­ples en­vi­sioned by the Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan, and con­tin­ued un­der the pres­i­dency ofHis High­ness SheikhKhal­ifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan: striv­ing for peace­ful and friendly re­la­tions with all coun­tries, be­ing a good global cit­i­zen and re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, and al­ways be­ing ready and will­ing to help those less for­tu­nate. Arab world has been fac­ing dif­fer­ent gi­gan­tic chal­lenges through­out 2011. It has been pe­ri­ods of up­heavals and unfriendly heav­ens, bul­lets and bal­lots in most parts of theArab world. Only few coun­tries suc­ceeded to ini­ti­ate dif­fer­ent ef­fec­tive so­cio-eco­nomic poli­cies to pro­mote po­lit­i­cal di­a­logue, co­op­er­a­tion and the res­o­lu­tion of con­flicts in the re­gion. UAE has been hub and leader of all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­gion, Is­lamic com­mu­nity and rig­or­ously par­tic­i­pated in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs. Most re­cently, UAE­for­eign min­is­ter clearly sent a strong mes­sage to NATO and the West on their air strikes in Pak­istan's moun­tain­ous check posts. UAE de­manded apol­ogy from the NATO with the prom­ise not to re­peat it again in the fu­ture. UAE ap­pre­ci­ated Pak­istan role in the war against ter­ror as front line state. UAE reaf­firmed its con­tin­ued ex­ten­sion of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance to the gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Pak­istan in the post- flood pe­riod. UAE also ap­pealed to in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to sup­port the peo­ple of Pak­istan in or­der to al­le­vi­ate their suf­fer­ings caused by the re­cent deadly flood in the coun­try. UAE played an im­por­tant role in the for­ma­tion of Friends of Demo­cratic Pak­istan (FoDP). Ini­tially, UAE pledged $ 300 mil­lion. UAE hosted many meet­ings (min­is­te­rial & pub­lic-pri­vate con­fer­ence) of FoDP and tried its best to high­light the aim, im­por­tance and util­ity of this fo­rum to the world at large for so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Pak­istan. Time and again, UAE gov­ern­ment reaf­firmed its sup­port to Pak­istan to over­come its macro-eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties. In a speech to the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly in Septem­ber, the UAE Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs, His High­ness Sheikh Ab­dul­lah bin Zayed At Nahyan high­lighted UAE's co­or­di­nated pre­ven­tive diplo­matic ef­forts for es­ca­la­tion of ten­sions and res­o­lu­tion of con­flicts oc­cur­ring in the GCC, MENA and be­yond dur­ing 2011. Re­cently, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for In­te­rior urged to have fur­ther bol­ster co­op­er­a­tion among theGCCse­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties be­cause “the se­cu­rity of the Gulf is the se­cu­rity of the whole world. It em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of mar­itime piracy and stressed the need to have mu­tual naval co­op­er­a­tion among the GCC states. UAE stressed the need to have closed co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of se­cu­rity, de­fence/ mil­i­tary, in­tel­li­gence in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, and the last but not the least peace­ful nu­clear en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion among the GCC states. UAE strongly sug­gested that the GCC states (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Ara­bia must get their act to­gether for their col­lec­tive se­cu­rity um­brella. UAE reaf­firmed their com­mit­ments to be trans­par­ent, open and fair to in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tory bod­ies i.e. IAEA for the im­ple­men­ta­tion and ex­e­cu­tion of their peace­ful nu­clear en­ergy pro­grams in the re­gion. Unit­edArab Emi­rates played re­mark­able job to bring peace in boil­ing Egypt and trou­bling

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