UAE leaders have discussed plans to further strengthen the bond between the seven emirates at a National Day meeting of the Federal Supreme Council.
At a high-powered assembly at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, efforts to bolster links between federal and local government structures were on the agenda.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the rulers of each of the emirates, Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi of Sharjah, Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi of Fujairah, Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mualla of Umm Al Qaiwain, and Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi of Ras Al Khaimah.
The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Union and called for increased integration and co-ordination to order to further advance the nation's development, by strengthening its federal structures and empowering the Emirati people.
During the meeting, the council members exchanged greetings on the milestone occasion of the 47th anniversary of the founding of the UAE and passed on congratulations to President Sheikh Khalifa, for continuing the legacy of the Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed.
The leaders also praised the sacrifices made by the nation's armed forces in battle.
The Federal Supreme Council members discussed matters relating to the welfare of the nation and its citizens. They also commented on regional and international developments, praising the role played by UAE diplomacy.
They also noted the importance of their meeting this year, which also coincides with the momentous and successful launch of the UAE's KhalifaSat, marking the nation's embarking new developments in the space and technologies sectors, with the aim to attain the objectives of the UAE Vision 2021 and the country's centennial Vision 2071.
The Council members extended their thanks and appreciation to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and his team for their efforts that led to the UAE attaining the most powerful passport status in the world.
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