Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, has reiterated the UAE's stance in support of Lebanon against any attempts to destabilise life in the country and threaten its unity and cohesion, condemning all attacks that terrorise innocent people and spread violence.
In a speech during a ceremony organised by the Lebanese Embassy on the 72nd anniversary of Lebanon's independence, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak expressed his confidence in the ability of Lebanese people to face challenges, coexist, and hope for a better future.
The ceremony, which was held on the campus of the Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi on Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, was attended by Elias Bou Saab, Lebanese Minister of Education and Higher Education, Nihad Al-Mashnouq, Lebanese Minister of Interior, Hassan Yousef Saad, Lebanese Ambassador to the UAE, a number of senior state officials, and members of the Lebanese community living in the UAE.
During the speech, one minute's silence was observed in honour of UAE martyrs, and the Minister of Culture praised the ties of brotherhood and cooperation between the UAE and Lebanon, which, he said, reflects positively on the interests of both countries and their peoples and the Arab nation as a whole, especially in an era filled with political, economic and social challenges.
Sheikh Nahyan said, "We in the UAE are convinced that a strong Lebanon is fundamental for the progress of the whole Arab region. This conviction is part of the positive basic values and beliefs that guide the march of the UAE and confirms its pivotal role in the region and the world."
He went on to stress that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is keen to develop its relations with other countries and views that the prosperity and stability of all countries in the region is linked to the success of the entire Arab nation.
Sheikh Nahyan expressed his hope that Lebanon will continue to be strong with its people and rich history and heritage, noting the importance of preserving the noble values and ideals which characterises Lebanon and its people, which has remained vivid and powerful over time.