Parrikar’s UAE visit to focus on widening defence relationship, supply of military equipment

Following his visit to the UAE, Parrikar will be travelling to Oman from June 20 to 22.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published:May 16, 2016 8:57 am
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Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from May 18 to 20 will focus on widening the conversation with the UAE military on defence and security issues. This will include exploring possibilities of Indian defence manufacturers selling military equipment to the UAE.

This will be the first ever formal bilateral visit by a defence minister to the UAE, and follows a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Gulf emirate last year.

Defence ministry sources told The Indian Express that the UAE leadership was very keen on the security component of the bilateral relationship during PM Modi’s visit, and the UAE crown prince, during his recent visit to India, extended a personal invitation to Parrikar. On the crown prince’s suggestion, India agreed to have an air force exercise with the UAE from June 24-28. The Indian Air Force contingent returning from Exercise Red Flag in the US will be participating in the exercise. Ships of the Indian Navy have also been paying regular port calls to the UAE and other countries in the region.

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The interaction between the two countries has so far focused on counter-terrorism issues but Parrikar’s visit will focus on widening the security relationship, sources said.

A major reason for India to build a stronger relationship with the UAE is to build an operational rapport with the security and defence structure in that country which is needed to Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations (HADR) operations. This is a lesson learnt from Op Rahat, for evacuation of Indians stranded in Yemen last year, where the Indian armed forces have to operate with other militaries in the region. If a similar situation arises in the future, India wants its armed forces to be operate comfortably with other militaries.

Defence ministry sources said that this visit will also include a dialogue on regional security issues between the two countries, where India will try to better understand the recent developments in the region and ways to secure its interests. In a first, India will try to understand the requirement of military equipment of the UAE armed forces and see if Indian defence suppliers are in a position to meet some of the requirements. Export of defence equipment, sources said, is a focus of the Prime Minister and is a major component of this visit.

Besides paying visits to major industrial and military installations in the UAE, Parrikar will also look at hydrographic cooperation and defence industrial cooperation between the two countries. The Indian side is also keen to benefit from the expertise possessed by the UAE in logistics.

Following his visit to the UAE, Parrikar will be travelling to Oman from June 20 to 22. Sources said that Oman is India’s stronger defence partner in the region and Parrikar’s visit will build on the existing relationship.

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    Gina
    May 16, 2016 at 4:35 am
    INDIAN defense manufacturers selling equipments to UAE? What a JOKE Parikar. How about selling Durv helicopters returned from Ecuador the already killed many there?
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    MyTake
    May 16, 2016 at 6:24 am
    India is not the country to initiate a war with any one but it should be war ready to finish it should one is brought upon it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;On the same count since it is not a country to initiate any war, there is no reason whatsoever why any country committing to peace would not have good relation with India! Yes, only the trouble makers will fail to make this commitment and will rather stay away! Good test who to form alliance with and know who is who in the game and test where are all the mismatches between preaching and practicing!
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      A. M.
      May 16, 2016 at 11:26 am
      Joke of the day - Indian defense equipments will be bought by UAE, after the helicopters in Ecuador was a fiasco... lt;br/gt;Feku can fool Indians, but people in other parts of the world are not fools.
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        A. M.
        May 16, 2016 at 11:21 am
        UAE is an Islamic country. Your govt in India came to power by vilifying Muslims as mulla, s, 4 bachche 40 puppy, gharwapsi, potion growth of Muslims etc.... Now why do your govt want to have any collaboration with a Muslim country ?
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          A. M.
          May 16, 2016 at 11:23 am
          Why do your govt want investment from a Muslim country now, when all you do 24 x 7 is to vilify Muslims in India ??
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            Sriniwasan
            May 16, 2016 at 5:24 am
            India will never allow its military to be used as mercenaries after having burnt their hands in the LTTE SriLanka misadventure carried out by late Rajiv hidia at best given its military/economic and Human relation strength can broker a peace formula
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              freethinker
              May 16, 2016 at 5:28 am
              Selling Indian made military equipment is a good idea. I am sure the UAE is interested in buying Indian made shoes, socks and underwear! The Indian politicians' ignorance and his willingness to fool the people with his big mouth knows no limits.
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                Rabia Javed
                May 18, 2016 at 6:52 am
                Instead of all this U.S must be concerned of their developments which is raising the proliferation concerns rather than helping India just to counter china .
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