The UAE Embassy in Washington, DC marks the 35th anniversary of the unification of the UAE Armed Forces

WASHINGTON, DC (5 May 2011) -- The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. held a reception on Thursday to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the unification of the Armed Forces of the UAE.

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba welcomed distinguished guests to the event alongside Military Attaché Col. Waleed al Shamsi. The event was attended by senior officers from the US and other nations’ armed forces, as well as diplomats and senior government officials.

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, and Defense Attaché Colonel Waleed Al Shamsi gather with UAE Armed Forces officials at the UAE Embassy to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the unification of the UAE Armed Forces. His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the US, and Defense Attaché Colonel Waleed Al Shamsi gather with UAE Armed Forces officials at the UAE Embassy to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the unification of the UAE Armed Forces.

Remarking on this occasion, Ambassador Al Otaiba said, "We are very proud of the UAE’s Armed Forces, which are equipped with advanced defense systems, state-of-the-art technologies and high level combat capability. We also appreciate the ongoing military cooperation, the robust procurement and training programs with the United States. Our relation continues to grow across cultural, economic and other fields".

Col. Waleed al Shamsi said, "This is an important day for us and I am honored to be a member of the UAE Armed Forces. For the past 35 years, the UAE military’s achievements have always been recognized for its role to ensure security and stability."

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