Romanian PM to visit Oman, Qatar to strengthen trade ties

New Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila in the parliament in Bucharest on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 31 October 2018

Romanian PM to visit Oman, Qatar to strengthen trade ties

  • Dancila’s office announced Wednesday that she will first open a Romanian embassy and a consular office in Oman during her Nov. 3-8 visit to the region
  • She will then travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she will meet senior officials

BUCHAREST: The office of Romania’s prime minister says the leader will visit the Gulf states of Oman and Qatar as part of a government initiative to strengthen ties between the East European nation and countries in the Middle East.
Premier Viorica Dancila’s office announced Wednesday that she will first open a Romanian embassy and a consular office in Oman during her Nov. 3-8 visit to the region. She will then travel to Doha, the capital of Qatar, where she will meet senior officials.
Romania and Qatar established diplomatic relations in 1990, a year after the collapse of communism.
A statement from her office said the purpose of her visit was to strengthen diplomatic and commercial ties.
Earlier this month, Dancila visited Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.


UAE in seeks to boost its high-tech military industry

Updated 22 November 2019

UAE in seeks to boost its high-tech military industry

  • The UAE is reshaping a military industry already seen as the region’s most sophisticated
  • The UAE’s defence industry dates back two decades

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates is making a push to develop high-tech military hardware that would give it control over critical defence capabilities and lessen reliance on imports.

Wary of threats from rival Iran, and concerned over moves by some allies to hold up arms sales, the UAE is reshaping a military industry already seen as the region’s most sophisticated.

State defence companies have been brought together to form EDGE, a $5-billion conglomerate to spearhead development of advanced weapons for the country’s military.

Those ambitions were put on display at this week’s Dubai Airshow where the military handed an EDGE company a $1 billion contract for guided missiles.

“Like many countries, on specific critical capabilities you want to have sovereignty,” EDGE Chief Executive Faisal al-Bannai told Reuters.

The UAE’s defence industry dates back two decades, built through joint ventures and technology transfer programmes.

Much of it now sits under EDGE, manufacturing drones, small ammunitions and providing maintenance.

Abdulla al-Hashimi, assistant undersecretary for support services at the UAE Ministry of Defence, said sovereign capabilities were a “necessity” for security and the economy.