Leaders of the Untied Arab Emirates (UAE) membe??? countries agreed to merge their land, sea?
GV Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan at head of table with other ministers seated.
SV PAN ACROSS Ministers seated for signing.
GV AND SV Ministers signing agreement. (3 shots)
SV PAN ACROSS Ministers seated. (2 shots)
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Background: Leaders of the Untied Arab Emirates (UAE) membe??? countries agreed to merge their land, sea and air forces under one central command at a historic meeting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (6 May).
The unification comes five years after the creation of the federation and observers say it is the last major step towards complete unification. Member nations are Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Quirain, Ajman and Fujairah.
An announcement was made after the meeting, which was chaired by the president of the federation's Supreme Defence Council, Sheikh Zaid Bin Sultan.
The announcement said all armed forces within the UAE will come under the operational command of the Chief-of-Staff of the UAE defence force, Major-General Awwad Al-Khalidi, who is seconded from the Jordanian armed forces.
The role of the federal armed forces will be to protect the UAE from external attack and maintain security and stability within the UAE according to the announcement, which was read over UAE radio by Defence Minister, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid.