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Leaders call for upholding national spirit

Hamad appeals for united stand against disruptive forces

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Fujairah: His Highness Shaikh Hamad Bin Mohammad Al Sharqi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Fujairah, said that what the UAE under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been giving to its own people as well as to peoples of other nations is a source of pride.

“It is known to all that we are now among the advanced nations, having provided our people with all means of prosperous life, and now we are blessed with great graces that others are deprived of. This solid relationship between the leader and the people is a gift from God,” Shaikh Hamad said in a statement to WAM.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah, said: “Security, stability and the preservation of the achievements of the federation and the comprehensive development launched 40 years ago in all the emirates of the UAE without discrimination represent a responsibility for the loyal UAE nationals who believe in the fact that closing ranks is not less important than the unity of the country.”

The comments come in the wake of recent arrests of several Islamists by UAE authorities, and investigations launched after the recent declaration by some Islamists that they are establishing a party like the Muslim Brotherhood in violation of the country’s laws and constitution.

“Since its establishment by the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE has been enjoying security, unity, safety, consistency of the rhetoric and cohesion between the guardians on the one hand and citizens of the nation on the other. The UAE was built on the principles of allegiance, affiliation and support to development and growth,” Shaikh Hamad said.

“Yet, in this Holy Month, a group of people has come up with a call for violating these fixed principles by a deviant method and flawed ideas as they seek to divide the unity of opinion and the ranks, based on flimsy pretexts and false and unfounded accusations that exist only in their minds as they are driven by personal interests and tied to foreign agendas,” he added.

“This ungrateful group of people, who is also ungrateful to their country which provides its citizens with all means of dignity, freedom and stature, do not seek reforms as they claim; rather they seek to spread corruption and to transfer the diseases and crises of other societies to this country,” Shaikh Hamad said.