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UAE enjoys high status in global defence show industry: Khalifa

posted on 19/03/2001: 1628 views

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said today that the impressive international participation at IDEX 2001 had underlined the distinguished standing enjoyed by the UAE in the global defence exhibition industry and consolidated the confidence of major arms manufacturers and exhibitors across the world in the UAE.

"The UAE would not have been enjoyed this lofty status in the global weapons exhibition industry without the continued support lent by H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to these vital important events,” Sheikh Khalifa said in a statement after inaugurating the show today.

Sheikh Khalifa said that IDEX 2001 had coincided this year with dramatic regional and global changes and tangible positive developments made by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in security and defence coordination and cooperation which culminated in defence pacts aimed at serving the socio-political and security interests of the GCC peoples.

Sheikh Khalifa stressed that the numerous benefits of hosting IDEX go beyond the UAE borders to include Arab and foreign countries. "This is clearly evident from the massive presence of high ranking delegations of defence officials, experts and strategists who come from across the world to see the most advanced military technology, exchange views on a host of regional and international military agenda and to seal commercial deals,” he added. He said that defence exhibitions have a lot of positive impact on all aspects of the local economic life and helped to bolster the country's standing at regional and international levels.

Sheikh Khalifa said the military conference accompanying IDEX 2001, to be held for the first time under the title 'Gulf Defence Conference, would focus on the defence and security needs of the GCC states and the most urgent security and political issues. "The conference is a new addition to the efforts being made to strengthen defence and security cooperation and coordination among the GCC countries and develop their self-capabilities in line with scientific strategies which embrace modern global technical and technological developments,” he said. Sheikh Khalifa stressed the importance of the joint defence agreement signed by the GCC leaders in their last summit in Manama.

"Organisation of defence shows in the UAE and arming our Armed Forces with sophisticated weapons and equipment do not contradict our peaceful policies which we always observe out of our keenness to maintain peace and stability in the region,” he said. Sheikh Khalifa gave special credit to the efforts being made by national manpower to make such important events succeed, noting that these shows had helped to reveal the skill and capabilities of the UAE nationals in hosting such events. "The success of defence fairs in the UAE is no doubt, one of the remarkable achievements attained by the country, thanks to the sound policy and personal care of Sheikh Zayed,” he added. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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