Ministry of defense hosts a workshop about partnership in military operations

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On November 22‭, ‬2021‭, ‬the Ministry of Defense organized in Abu Dhabi‭, ‬in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red‭ ‬Cross‭, ‬a workshop on partnership in military operations‭, ‬with the participation of more than 30‭ ‬senior military officers from 24‭ ‬countries‭.‬

Workshop objectives

The workshop aims to exchange experiences and knowledge between military officers‭, ‬humanitarian workers and academic experts worldwide‭, ‬on practices aimed at enhancing the protection of civilians and civilian VIPs‭, ‬and restricting the means and methods of‭ ‬combat in military operations during armed conflicts‭.‬

This event which comes three years after a workshop for senior officers on International Rules Governing Military Operations‭ (‬SWIRMO‭), ‬for the first time in the region‭, ‬was held in the capital‭, ‬Abu Dhabi‭, ‬in cooperation between the Ministry of Defense and‭ ‬the International Committee of the Red Cross‭.‬

The workshop discussed topics such as the application of international humanitarian law in military operations and the mission of the International Committee of the Red Cross‭, ‬its importance and its role in armed conflicts‭.‬

The Ministry of Defense indicated that the Partnership Workshop in Joint Military Operations provides participants with the necessary tools and skills to identify the lessons learned‭, ‬in addition to the opportunities and challenges resulting from strengthening the partnership in the operational aspect of international humanitarian law‭.‬

Brigadier General Salem Jumaa Rashid Al Kaabi‭, ‬Head of the Executive Department of Military Judiciary at the Ministry of Defense‭, ‬said‭, “‬The UAE’s humanitarian approach was founded by the wise man of humanity‭, ‬the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan‭, ‬may God rest his soul‭, ‬the founder of the country since its inception to become a humanitarian school‭. ‬The course of which is completed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan‭, ‬President of the UAE‭, “‬may God protect him‭”, ‬who has set the valuable‭ ‬frameworks from which humanitarian ideas stemmed‭, ‬and which are based on the principles of protecting civilians‭, ‬protecting the‭ ‬weak‭, ‬providing relief to the afflicted‭, ‬and extending a helping hand and assistance to everyone in need without discrimination‭ ‬regardless of their Religion‭, ‬race‭, ‬gender‭, ‬color or political affiliation in armed conflicts‭.‬

He referred to the special importance of the United Arab Emirates to international humanitarian law and its keenness to join most international conventions that regulate issues of international humanitarian law‭, ‬and all of this comes within the framework of the UAE’s support for the definition and dissemination of international humanitarian law‭, ‬expressing his appreciation for the‭ ‬great role played by the International Committee of The Red Cross‭, ‬which has taken upon itself the task of disseminating and applying the provisions of international humanitarian law‭.‬

Thank you Emirates

In turn‭, ‬Claire Dalton‭, ‬head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in the country‭, ‬thanked the UAE Ministry‭ ‬of Defense for hosting this important event‭, ‬which is part of their strategic relationship with the UAE‭, ‬and is in line with the common ambition of regional dialogue on important humanitarian issues and topics of international humanitarian law‭. . ‬It is worth noting that the ICRC launched a global initiative on support relationships in armed conflicts‭, ‬where it works with military‭ ‬officers and other actors to identify practical measures to enhance the protection of civilians‭, ‬as the ICRC works with a number‭ ‬of actors at the international level to understand policies and practices and the operational challenges involved in strengthening relationships‭, ‬as these actors can take advantage of their influence over one another to promote compliance and respect for‭ ‬international humanitarian law‭.‬

Workshop conclusion

‭ ‬The workshop concluded on November 24‭, ‬2021‭, ‬where participants from the Ministry of Defense‭, ‬the International Committee of the Red Cross‭, ‬senior military officers from more than 24‭ ‬countries‭, ‬as well as academics and international experts gathered to discuss issues around partnership in military operations‭ (‬PMO‭) ‬and the protection of civilians and hors de combat in the Armed conflicts and the application of the provisions of international humanitarian law‭ (‬IHL‭).‬

Brigadier General Salem Jumaa Rashid Al Kaabi‭, ‬Head of the Executive Department of Military Judiciary at the Ministry of Defense‭, ‬said‭: “‬The UAE is determined to continue to follow a proactive approach in working to mitigate the effects of disasters and crises on the afflicted‭, ‬and to reach solutions that protect rights‭, ‬prevent bloodshed and limit the attrition of material and human resources‭, ‬and this is what was included in the principles of the fiftieth document proclaimed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa‭ ‬bin Zayed Al Nahyan‭, ‬President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces‭, “‬may God protect him‭”, ‬as values‭ ‬​​and principles that embody the established policy of the United Arab Emirates in helping and supporting peoples and helping the‭ ‬desperate and distressed in a homeland whose title is humanity‭.‬”

He added‭, “‬We are certain that the discussions and lessons learned from the workshop will continue to guide us in the coming years‭, ‬and we will work to commit to implementing the highest values‭ ‬​​of providing humanitarian aid‭, ‬and we will continue to work with regional partners and global friends to establish peace and stability at the regional and international levels‭.”‬

Claire Dalton‭, ‬head of the ICRC delegation in the UAE‭, ‬said‭: ‬“We are grateful for organizing the Partnership in Military Operations workshop in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense‭. ‬Parties to armed conflicts rarely fight alone today‭, ‬and there are so many government actors‭, ‬multinational and non-governmental organizations involved directly and indirectly in contemporary armed conflicts‭. ‬Through this workshop‭, ‬we discussed the relationships between these actors in many forms and the support that the parties provide to each other‭. ‬We also discussed the support relationships between armed actors and how they also provide opportunities to enhance the protection of civilians and others not fighting‭. ‬The application of international humanitarian law in military operations was the focus of the workshop‭, ‬where information‭ ‬related to the ICRC’s mission‭, ‬its importance and role was discussed‭. ‬

The workshop provided an opportunity for military and academic experts to focus on procedures and measures to enhance the protection of civilians during military operations‭. ‬

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