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Development and investment will achieve prosperity, Sheikh Abdullah tells UN General Assembly

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said that the roots of extremism must be addressed

Development and investment will achieve prosperity, Sheikh Abdullah tells UN General Assembly
Abdullah bin Zayed delivers UAE's statement at UN General Assembly.

Focusing on development and investment will help countries around the world achieve prosperity, according to Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

In a speech given at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sheikh Abdullah said that “the starting point should be to rebuild post-conflict countries, to support their national institutions, and to strengthen the rule of law in these countries.”

More broadly, we need to spread the values of tolerance and pluralism, and address the roots of extremism,” he added. We also need to ensure that women and youth are contributing to these efforts, because their efforts will guarantee a brighter future for all.”

Additionally, Sheikh Abdullah said that “regional organisations” should play a greater role in addressing tensions in the Middle East and achieving security and stability. As an example, he pointed to the GCC, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the League of Arab States.

“We also encourage the United Nations to consult more effectively with these organisations when discussing regional issues,” he said. “The role played by the African Union in supporting peacekeeping operations and mediation is a successful model that we welcome and encourage others to follow.”

The UAE, he added, believes in using political efforts to de-escalate and address crises in the region.

“The chaos that enveloped the Arab world during the past decade has made us even more committed to finding political solutions and more appreciative of the importance of the stability of states and the security of the people,” he said.