RAS AL KHAIMAH -- H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah, attended on Thursday, at the Conference Hall at Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort, a celebration organised by the General Command of Ras al-Khaimah Police, in co-operation with the Supreme Committee to Combat Drugs at the Ministry of Interior, on the occasion of World Anti-Narcotics Day, under the theme, "Be with Your Children, They will be Good".

Witnessing the celebration alongside Sheikh Mohammed were Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Shaafar, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Interior; Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al-Khaimah Police; Hatem Ali, Representative of the United Nations, UN, Office on Drugs and Crime; Colonel Adnan Ali Al Zaabi, Director of Ras Al-Khaimah Police's Anti-Narcotics Department; Colonel Saeed Al Suwaidi, Director-General of the Anti-Narcotics Federal General Directorate at the Ministry of Interior, as well as several members of the Federal National Council, FNC, several directors of local departments and officials at the Ministry of Interior.

The RAK Crown Prince praised the considerable efforts of the Ministry of Interior to establish a state of security and stability in the country through its overall security strategy, which has the support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and, Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council the Rulers of Emirates, out of the belief that stability and security are the most important foundations of any development process in any country.

He highlighted the continuous annual awareness campaigns by the Ministry of Interior in various areas, based on the directives of H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, for all members of the public to have a vital role for strengthening the awareness of other members of the community, especially the campaign to protect the family from falling into drug and substance abuse.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud called for the solidarity of all national community efforts, both government and private, to contribute in limiting the negative effects of drugs.

In his statement during the event, Lt. Al Shaafar stressed that the celebration of World Anti-Narcotics Day is a chance to remind countries and communities about the great dangers of drugs and the challenges that it poses in many communities.

He added that this issue requires the efforts of all countries to combat this parasite that poses a danger to communities and threatens the security and stability. He referred to the UAE's efforts to combat the trade, promotion and use of drugs- theses efforts achieved great success in limiting its spreading and protecting society, as this parasite represents a multi-faceted danger to society, the economy and security.

In a speech, Hatem Ali informed parents about the necessity of raising a generation with strong character, which can differentiate between right and wrong and resist temptations and the malice of bad friends by developing their religious values, to protect them from all forms of corruption. He also praised the UAE's efforts in combatting drugs and the role of the Ministry of Interior and its serious co-operation, to face all forms of drugs smuggling and combat the phenomenon locally, regionally and internationally.

Sheikh Mohammed then honoured some social personalities and several government and private organisations and institutions, which had a prominent role in the activities and programmes of the Supreme Committee to Combat Drugs. He also honoured a group of officers, non-commissioned officers and individuals from different police departments.

Lt. General Al Shaafar launched a two-day exhibition on the sidelines of World Anti-Narcotics Day, held at Al Hamra Shopping Mall in Ras al-Khaimah, on the damage caused by drugs.

Source: Emirates News Agency