FNC approves reply to the term opening speech

ABU DHABI, 7th January 2014 (WAM) – The Federal National Council held on Tuesday its 5th session of the 3rd ordinary term of the15th legislative chapter under the chairmanship of its Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr.

During the session, the Council members approved the draft reply to the speech of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on the opening of this term, which was delivered on his behalf by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The seeion was attended by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Chairman of the Board of the National Council of Tourism ‘&’ Antiquities, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs ‘&’ Minister of Federal National Council of Affairs and Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works.

In its reply to the President’s speech, the FNC pledged further efforts to contribute in realising the vision of the founding fathers and of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to empower the Council and enhance its role.

The Council reiterated UAE’s legitimate right of regaining sovereignty over the three islands of Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa, occupied by Iran. It said that this national issue comes at the heart of the Council’s parliamentary diplomacy by rallying support to the UAE’s stance which, based on the principles of international legitimacy, urges on Iran to heed UAE and brotherly countries’ repeated calls to resolve the issue through direct and serious negotiations or by referring the issue to the International Court of Justice.

In his speech, the FNC Speaker Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr lauded the ‘Thank You Khalifa’ initiative, launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

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