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Plenary Session: Progressive Patriotism

09 February 2015


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Saif bin Zayed: progressive patriotism drives future governments

HH Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, urged the international community to put in place up-to-date frameworks to deal with terrorism that transcend criminal laws and procedures to deep, preventive remedies of the sources and drivers of terrorism, hold financiers, propagandists and political sponsors of terrorism accountable for their acts which amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, especially amidst the steady increase in terror crimes which increased by 60 percent between 2013 and 2014.

Citing media reports indicating that DAESH had sold large quantities of oil on a daily basis, Sheikh Saif called for punishing those buyers because they contributed to financing DAESH's terrorist operations. Media, he affirmed, has a tremendous role in spreading a culture of progressive patriotism in the society and contributing significantly in the fight against terrorism and exposing its false tactics and tools. Addressing the low oil prices challenge, Sheikh Saif said the UAE economy's dependence on oil revenues had dropped remarkably from 90 to 30 percent today and the government was planning to reduce that percentage to five percent by 2021. '

'Progressive patriotism has a vital role in addressing the low oil price challenge. It is a common challenge that requires collective responsibility ...A family is expected to raise the level of education of its children and preserve the nation's gains and add to its material and moral achievements. A government employee is also expected to innovate, produce and work as one team,'' he added.

He stressed the importance of taking inspiration from the UAE's exceptional leadership, wisdom, determination and perseverance to deliver success and from the noble values of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. '

'Security, quality services and stability are the natural, inevitable results of progressive patriotism,'' Sheikh Saif concluded.