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malicious voices will not hinder UAE progress : Mohammed bin Zayed

WAM Al Ain, 25 Nov. 2012 (WAM) — The UAE history has not begun with the born of the federation 41 years ago but from time immemorial, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has said.

During an inspectional visit to the Zayed II Military College in Al Ain as part of the country’s celebrations of the 41st National Day, Sheikh Sheikh Mohammed recounted how the forefathers and ancestors made tremendous sacrifices at a time that was more critical than ours’ because of the rare resources and harsh living conditions.

”They devoted themselves to protect the homeland and dignity,” Sheikh Mohammed said, urging the current generation to take guide of those pioneers who paved the way for the prosperity and security we are enjoying today.” He also spoke about challenges the region is facing, affirming the need for all to work diligently and loyally in the service of the nation and to be ready, at all times, to confront potential threats especially at this age of the State, during which it earned international respect and appreciation thanks to the founding fathers, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late fellow rulers.

”Each era has its own challenges and with your firm determination and sincere will, we will achieve the impossible to serve the homeland,” Sheikh Mohammed said, addressing the College’s cadets.

The drive of welfare and devotion, he emphasised, will forge ahead and no malicious voices and stances can hinder it.

Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, H.H. Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian Foundation, HH Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, H.H. Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Presidential Aviation Authority, a group of top civilian and military officials.

During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed inspected a military parade and then toured the College’s Museum, training facilities, the fire range and new expansions.

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