President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has congratulated the Government and people of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the occasion commemorating the 45th Independence anniversary of that country on December 2.
The UAE National Day, also known as Al-Eid Al Watani, commemorates the formal nationalization of the UAE from the British Protectorate Pact that expired on December 2, 1971.
The day is also observed as the signing of the Proclamation of Union and the subsequent federal unification of the six sheikdoms – Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Umm al-Qaiwain, and Ajman – to form the modern-day nation called UAE. The federation initially consisted of six members, but February 1972, the UAE gained the seventh member when Ras al-Khaimah joined.
According to a Foreign Affairs Ministry release, President Sirleaf in her message to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, prayed that the bonds of friendship and cooperation subsisting between their two countries in the spirit of Afro-Arab bilateral ties and cooperation, will continue to expand for the mutual benefit of their two countries and peoples.