President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said that the people of the UAE, and striving to empower them, has always been and continues to be the nation’s top priority. “Ensuring our people have everything they need to live fulfilled, comfortable, and happy lives, remains the basis of all our future plans,” His Highness said, while addressing the nation.

In his speech that was broadcasted today on local TV and radio channels, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said the UAE’s policy will continue to champion peace and stability in the region and the wider world, supporting others and advocating for wisdom and cooperation for the good of mankind.

His Highness stressed that the UAE will continue its work to strengthen cooperation and enable positive, respectful dialogue between countries to achieve stability and prosperity for all.

His Highness said that “the sovereignty and security of the UAE will remain a foundational principle that we will abide with, and we will not tolerate anything that could affect it. We extend the hand of friendship to all countries that share our values of peaceful coexistence and mutual respect, to achieve progress and prosperity.”

President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed also highlighted that the UAE is fortunate to have a nation of people, who, before and after the union, and even through difficult times, have proven their spirit and determination to overcome the toughest challenges. “Our pride in our people is infinite. Equally, we deeply appreciate the valued role of our residents who consider this country their second home, and their continued contributions in building and developing the UAE since its union,” His Highness said.