FNC approves response to President’s speech

ABU DHABI, The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a draft reply to the speech of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, presented by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on His Highness’s behalf, during the opening of the Second Ordinary Session of the 16th Legislative Chapter on Sunday, 6th November, 2016.

The sixth session, headed by Dr Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Council, witnessed 18 questions being asked to the representatives of the government. The current legislative chapter aims to discuss a number of issues which have a direct effect on citizens and is one of the council’s strategic initiatives to present the best parliamentary performance in the years 2016 to 2021.

The reply states, “It pleases us, the Federal National Council, to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to your wise leadership, and your brethren, Their Highnesses, the members of the Federal Supreme Council, which has made the UAE a symbol of honour, invincibility and advancement, not only in the eyes of Emiratis, but all the peoples of the region and the world. And here we are, Your Highness, we have celebrated the 45th National Day, holding our heads high, crowned by a journey full of events, big responsibilities and great accomplishments, begun by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, God rest his soul, and his brethren the founding fathers.

It has continued strongly, through unity and engagement of the people of the UAE, its wise leadership and children. Our martyrs and armed forces have gifted the nation great moments in the military, civil and humanitarian fields, with the aim of keeping the UAE’s flag flying high in the fields of honour, glory and heroism, and to stay true to the civilised values of the UAE to stand up to what is right and fair, and defending us against anyone who tries to compromise the security and stability of our region.

“The FNC confirms that the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s speech on the occasion of the 45th National Day included all that strengthens our blessed federal journey, the glorious spirit of the federation, translated into loyalty, belonging and national engagement, and the continuation of the responsibility in a country which is proud of its past, proud of its generous present, and which will lead us to achieve a bright tomorrow, with the wise leadership of your Highness and your brethren, the members of the Federal Supreme Council.”

The session was attended by Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, Najla bint Mohammed Al Awar, Minister of Community Development, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Happiness and Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs.

In he speech, Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi saluted the Emirati martyrs of humanitarian work, who sacrificed their lives while carrying the message of peace and tolerance.

She extended greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates and the people of the UAE on the country’s top ranking in the Edelman Trust Barometer.

She also lauded the historic visit made by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to India and the warm welcome he received by the leadership, government and people of India.

Source: Emirates News Agency