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  1. angeldemon_007

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    Given regional challenges, the time has come for both countries to look beyond trade and work together on sustainable development, food and water security and renewable energy.

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    Relationships among nations may be seen to be of two kinds. Some arise from strategic necessity, where states come together to oppose a common threat, or to pursue a common interest. Others arise more organically, the byproduct of years of encounters, through trade and cultural exchange, and in friendships. The UAE's historic relationship with India is of this latter kind: one that has grown out of centuries of exchange of people, culture, commodities and ideas.
    For centuries, people have embarked on crossings between the Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean. From the first dhow-going seafarers, this relationship grew from barter trade into widespread people-to-people contacts and established penetrating commercial networks. These interactions were not simply about the movement of goods across the oceans; it became a tradition that led to the establishment of a trade route that has remained active until this day. It is this kind of historical context that lies behind the fact that in modern day, India and the UAE represent each other's largest trading partner, with a trade valued at around $44 billion (Dh161.60 billion) annually in non-oil sectors.
    This relationship also resulted in the settlement of a large Indian population in the UAE. The role of the Indian community in the UAE is highly valued as its members have contributed to the UAE's growth, to the development of its infrastructure, its economy and the sharing of technological expertise.
    Technological transfer continues today as India emerges as a leading force in technological and scientific advancement specifically in the fields of IT, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and bio-technology. On the cultural level, India has also been successful in establishing a multi- ethnic and multicultural society based on mutual respect, a value that the UAE regards very highly. In addition, the UAE remains deeply appreciative of India's long-standing position towards the Arab world.
    Despite this much intertwined relationship, the UAE and India have followed very different trajectories in establishing their political and developmental paths, each with its own objective agenda and vision. Today, India sets itself to become one of the fastest-growing economies, currently on track to become the world's third largest economy by purchasing power parity by 2012.
    India has also established itself as a global player in world affairs; a sure sign of this is its bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, a bid that the UAE has fully supported.
    As the areas of instability in the region widen and the challenges become more complex, friendly nations should come even closer to contribute to peace and security in the region through forging committed and strategic partnerships. Recently, the Indian ambassador to the UAE said that "India recognises and appreciates the growing role of the UAE in regional and global affairs".
    Areas of cooperation
    In this context, the time is ripe for ties between India and the UAE to acquire a new dimension and transcend their traditional margins. The historic relationship that bonds the UAE and India is expanding, diversifying and emerging into a strategic partnership with an emphasis on cooperation in regional security and economics, as well as other areas of mutual interest. Both countries will benefit from joint efforts to effectively deal with the rising challenges in our neighbourhood.
    In the area of defence, cooperation reached a new high with the first ever India-UAE air exercise and the second India-UAE Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting.
    On regional security, India and the UAE face several challenges. In Afghanistan, the objective of rebuilding and ensuring its stability remains threatened by elements of terrorism, lawlessness and a growing drug trade.
    Other regional challenges like combating terrorism is proving to become more complex, as terrorist organisations become more sophisticated in using technology and acquiring military equipment, as well as in spreading their cells across porous borders.
    In addition to such challenges, other threats are arising in the region. Acts of piracy threatens the safety of regional waters and the security of supply routes. These dangers pose a challenge that must be dealt with effectively through coordinated efforts on the international and regional levels. Both India and the UAE stand to gain from intensified practical cooperation in these areas.
    Peace and security must be pursued simultaneously with other important objectives. Working together in a practical manner within a framework of South-South cooperation, the UAE and India can cooperate in several areas such as sustainable development, food and water security, and renewable energy as well as enhancing inter-regional trade and investment. Another potential aspect of cooperation is in the field of technology transfer, and research and development, as both India and the UAE focus on knowledge-based industries.
    Although the nature of the relationship between India and the UAE keeps developing and changing it must remembered that common views and shared principles between the two countries have been developing for years through partnership in the Non-Aligned Movement.
    Also, India and the UAE have coordinated their positions at the UN on issues of vital concern such as the question of Palestine and issues like reform of the UN and global governance institutions that reflect the changing geopolitical realities and take into consideration a more equitable representation.
    My visit to India will provide a valuable opportunity to further cement the warm and friendly relations that exist between our nations and take the partnership to strategic levels.
    India and the UAE share important principles of respect for international relations, the peaceful settlements of disputes, respect for their neighbours and a desire for universal peace. The time has, therefore, now come to work together in joint action to the benefit of both nations.

    gulfnews : UAE-India ties grow stronger
     
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    Time ripe to enhance UAE-India ties

    Wednesday, Jun 29, 2011

    Gulf News

    Abu Dhabi The UAE shares a historic relationship with India, one that has grown out of “centuries of exchange of people, culture, and commodities and ideas”, Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan writes in an exclusive Opinion article in today’s Gulf News.

    Shaikh Abdullah met senior officials and discussed bilateral relations on a visit to India on Monday. The time is ripe for ties between India and the UAE to “acquire a new dimension and transcend their traditional margins,” he writes.

    The minister emphasises cooperation in regional security and economics.

    Indian community

    Shaikh Abdullah also praises the role of the Indian community in the UAE, which he refers to as “highly valued as its members have contributed to the UAE’s growth, to the development of its infrastructure, its economy and the sharing of technological expertise”.

    On regional security, India and the UAE face several challenges, Shaikh Abdullah writes.

    He highlights the situation in Afghanistan where the objective of rebuilding and ensuring its stability remains threatened by elements of terrorism, lawlessness and a growing drug trade.

    The foreign minister says India and the UAE could cooperate in combating terrorism as terrorist organisations become more sophisticated in using technology and acquiring military equipment, as well as in spreading their cells across porous borders.

    In the area of defence, UAE-India cooperation reached a new high with the first joint air exercise and the second India-UAE Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting.
    Gulf News Report


    Time ripe to enhance UAE-India ties - Money - Zawya
     
  3. rockstarIN

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    Good news.., there should be some kinda defense exercises..
     
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    Yup there is.

    Remember Rafale is a contender for both . So its strategically very important too for longer relationships.
     
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    Businessmen seek easier rules to boost economic activities in UAE

    Urges department to raise residency renewal period to three years

    June 29, 2011

    A group of Indian businessmen has called on residency authorities to ease restrictions on people living, working and visiting the country which would help in boosting economic activities.

    The businessmen also urged the authorities to reconsider the decision to reduce the period of renewal of residency permits from three to two years.

    In what was called "an open heart" meeting between Indian businessmen and the chief of the General Department for Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA), the businessmen said the services of the GDRFA is improving, but they urged the department to offer more facilities to entice expatriates to live and work in the country.

    Around 30 businessmen, representing various fields, including gold, construction, real estate, textile, food business, export and import, attended the meeting which was organised at the GDRFA's headquarters on Tuesday. Mohan Valrani, Mahendra Patel, Khushi Khatwani, Lal Ghanwani, Ajay Bhatia, Mohit Khatwani were among those who took part in the meeting.

    Major General Mohammad Al Merri, Director-General of GDRFA, said businessmen are important partners of GDRFA.

    "We would like to share our thoughts and ideas with you and we would like to listen to your suggestions which would help us improve our services further," he said.

    He said Dubai enjoys an important place on the world map and is becoming a major tourism hub and business destination.

    Maj Gen Al Merri said that more than 35,000 people come through Dubai airport every day.

    New office

    "We have more than 21 external centres which offer services to the public and we are opening another centre which will work round the clock to offer all GDRFA services to the public. This centre will be opened soon at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport," he said.

    A number of businessmen at the meeting said that Dubai is striving to improve its services at all levels, but raised their concern about the issue of reducing the period of residency visas to two years instead of three.

    They said the authorities should try to reduce the financial and bureaucratic burden on people.

    They also urged increasing the residency permit period to ten years and setting aside certain categories of residents to be considered for citizenship.

    "Some of the businessmen taking part in this meeting have been living here for 50 to 70 years. The authorities should encourage people to come, invest and work here by securing their stability," one businessman said.

    Visit visa exemption

    They also said that Indians should be exempted from visit visas and should be dealt with in the same way as the 33 nationalities who do not need visas to enter the UAE.


    Another businessman who has been living here for 40 years said that there is a surplus of villas and apartments here and people should be encouraged to come and live here by reducing the cost of living.

    The businessmen suggested that there should be a businessmen-friendly immigration policy which will make their work and movement easy and smooth.

    They also suggested setting up a committee comprising businessmen and GDRFA officials which will follow up on the issues of the businessmen with immigration and sort it out on a daily basis.

    Maj Gen Al Merri said that he will take note of the suggestions and raise these with the concerned authorities.

    gulfnews : Businessmen seek easier rules to boost economic activities in UAE
     
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    More interesting would be a joint procurement of Rafale from both countries. That would bring both countries in a better position to negotiate with the French and the costs for upgrades could be splitted, they pay for radar modes and avionics, we for the development and integration of Kaveri - Snecma engine.
     
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    Kaveri for India is fine... but UAE are already demanding a new version from France.. Kaveri and M88-X both will be of same thrust range.. but UAE will not go with Kaveri even if it offers 95-100 KN as advertised
     
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    UAE Foreign Minister calls for joint action with India to deal with rising challenges


    Dubai, June 28: The time has come for India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to look beyond trade and work together on sustainable development, food and water security and renewable energy, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has said.



    Al Nahyan had paid a two-day state visit to India on 26-27 June.

    During his visit, Al Nahyan had called on Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

    He also held official delegation level talks with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna.

    “My visit to India will provide a valuable opportunity to further cement the warm and friendly relations that exist between our nations and take the partnership to strategic levels,” Al Nahyan wrote in an article for Gulf News.

    “India and the UAE share important principles of respect for international relations, the peaceful settlements of disputes, respect for their neighbours and a desire for universal peace. The time has, therefore, now come to work together in joint action to the benefit of both nations,” he added.

    He further reckons that both countries will benefit from joint efforts to effectively deal with the rising challenges in the neighbourhood.

    “In the area of defence, cooperation reached a new high with the first ever India-UAE air exercise and the second India-UAE Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting.

    On regional security, India and the UAE face several challenges. In Afghanistan, the objective of rebuilding and ensuring its stability remains threatened by elements of terrorism, lawlessness and a growing drug trade,” Al Nahyan wrote.

    “Other regional challenges like combating terrorism is proving to become more complex, as terrorist organizations become more sophisticated in using technology and acquiring military equipment, as well as in spreading their cells across porous borders.”

    “In addition to such challenges, other threats are arising in the region. Acts of piracy threatens the safety of regional waters and the security of supply routes. These dangers pose a challenge that must be dealt with effectively through coordinated efforts on the international and regional levels. Both India and the UAE stand to gain from intensified practical cooperation in these areas,” he added.

    During Al Nahyan’s visit to India, both sides reviewed the current state of bilateral relations and discussed recent developments in regional and international issues.

    India and UAE have extensive political, economic and cultural ties that are growing rapidly.

    During 2009-10, India was UAE’s largest trading partner with a bilateral trade of 43 billion dollars.
    Copyright Asian News International/DailyIndia.com

    UAE Foreign Minister calls for joint action with India to deal with rising challenges
     
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    Is it possible.

    The complexities in the deal is somewhat out of grasp for me to believe so.
     
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    If Rafale is the prefered fighter in MMRCA, it would be smart from our side to influence the UAE to such a solution. They want higher thrust, we want the Kaveri - Snecma engine development, so all that is missing is the integration into Rafale, which was even offered by Dassault. The question is only, if France would be happy with it, because they obviously would prefer the UAE to pay for the development of the higher thrust M88, so that this engine could be used by the French as well.
     
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    but the french can use the Kaveri-Snecma too can't they?
    Also I heard that the deal for JV is not yet final as the french want it to be based on their eco-core but don't wanna transfer core technology so the Indians are going with their Kabini core could some1 plz elaborate?
    and how many fighters is UAE purchasing?
     
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    I agree this is a feasible option, but this can only be undertaken after the MRCA deal is finalised and jets start arriving. I prefer this to go after we get some fighters and then a simultaneous project funded by both us and UAE to have the engine and electronics.
     
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    Just a few days back,there was a thread about Saudis agreeing to double their oil export and now this...
    Our Mid east policy is going good...

    Another event to watch out for is the final outcome of attack on libya..
     
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    Grapes are sour...:tdown: