UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardihas received Italy’s Chief of Defense Staff, Claudio Graziano, and his accompanying delegation currently visiting the UAE.
During the meeting, the two parties discussed ways to strengthen defense relations and strategic affairs along with a number of issues of mutual concern, UAE national news agency (WAM) reported.
Al Bowardi praised the good relations between the two states, stressing the importance of continuing development in ties to best serve the interests of the friendly nations.
The meeting was attended by senior officers and officials of the Ministry of Defense and UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Staff Lt. General Hamad Mohammed Thani, also received in his office on Tuesday at the General Command of the Armed Forces, the visiting Italian Chief of Defense Staff (photo).
During the meeting attended by senior Armed Forces’ officers, the two parties discussed joint cooperation in military areas and ways to strengthen it.
Italy’s Chief of Staff also visited Wahat Al Karama in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, where he was received by Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office at the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.
The guest started the visit by laying a wreath in front of the memorial, which comprises 31 massive aluminum-clad tablets, each leaning on the other to symbolize the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind the leadership and citizens together with the servicemen and women who protect the nation.
He then visited the Pavilion of Honor, whose circular internal wall is clad with over 2,800 aluminum plates, on which the names of UAE heroes are inscribed.
At the end of the visit, the Italian official wrote a note in the honor book, where he expressed his satisfaction at visiting the cultural landmark, which reflects the values of sacrifice for the nation. He voiced his appreciation for the opportunity to visit Wahat Al Karama.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon, said: “Wahat Al Karama is a destination for all to recognize and cherish the great sacrifices made by the UAE nationals in defending their country. It has become an inspiring symbol for leaders, dignitaries, officials and visitors.”