Speech of the Minister of State for Defense Affairs on the occasion of Tolerance Day

AL-Bawardi: Tolerance is an authentic feature of the people of the Emirates.

His Excellency, Minister of State for Defense Affairs said, "The UAE has adopted the principle of tolerance based on the teachings of our Islamic religion, which has urged tolerance and peace, Allah says "Verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you"…." The UAE also drew this approach from its founder and builder Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah rest his soul in peace.

His Excellency added in a statement on the occasion of Tolerance Day, "Today under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, who has entrenched this principle and urged coexistence and tolerance among members of the community, tolerance has become an authentic feature of the people of the UAE. The UAE has become an oasis of tolerance and co-existence between all segments of the society, residents and expatriates of all ethnicities and nationalities, and guaranteed a decent life to enjoy a life full of love, tranquility and peace, bringing the number of nationalities in the UAE to more than 200 nationalities.

His Excellency pointed out that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree that the date of November 16 of each year is "a day of tolerance" which has had a great impact in the heart of the world… As His Highness said, "Tolerance is a basic guarantee for the stability of societies and the sustainability of development in them. It is necessary to reconstruct the intellectual and cultural of our Arab societies to establish coexistence, tolerance and openness."

"His Highness announced the inauguration of the Mohammed bin Rashid Award for Tolerance, which aims to promote a culture of tolerance, encourage and build leaderships, symbols and cadres that support intellectual and cultural production, and promote the value of tolerance, as well as the establishment of the first of its kind International Institute of Tolerance to provide necessary consultations and experiences to consolidate the values of tolerance among peoples across the world, and publish studies and reports on tolerance - is a good demonstration of the importance of promoting the principle of tolerance in society and consolidating its values among peoples.

"We at the Ministry of Defense، whose objectives are to preserve the security and stability of the State، cannot fail to celebrate this important occasion and to launch outstanding initiatives that contribute to advancing the development process and promoting the principle of tolerance، peace and respect، and transforming this principle into a sustainable institutional value and a principle of our strength and elegance."

His Excellency explained that our Armed Forces have contributed over the years to spread peace and tolerance through its participation in many peacekeeping and humanitarian operations… It has a long tradition in establishing peace and tolerance globally through those participations. Its standing within the coalition forces to support our brothers in the Republic of Yemen is a clear evidence on its commitment to the sacred duty towards the homeland, to uphold the right, to renounce injustice, to fight terrorism and to spread peace.

"I can only congratulate our wise leadership that encourages giving، tolerance and peace، and stimulates thought knowledge and creativity. I pray to Allah Almighty that peace prevails over the whole world and preserves the UAE under the leadership of its honorable rulers and its tolerant people," said His Excellency Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bawardi Al Falasi.