Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Historic US visit can benefit region - My Letters - THE NATIONAL - Dt. 10.11.2010

My Letters - THE NATIONAL - Dt. 10.11.2010 - Historic US visit can benefit region

Historic US visit can benefit region

The visit of the US president Barack Obama to India is of utmost significance to the region (Obama backs a UN seat for India, November 9).

The deals signed for $10 billion in trade with India is expected by some to help to pay for 50,000 US jobs. This will definitely create an interactive flow of personnel and material movements in both countries. The beneficiary of this improved relationship will be the entire region, especially the Middle East. The UAE can gain tremendously in terms of obtaining a larger share of global commerce.

The visit also boosted optimism and hope among the Indian youth and reiterated the need for better education. Mr Obama's call to "keep dreaming big, huge, gigantic dreams" will definitely motivate the youth in the country.

Improved interaction and agreements in advanced technology and sharing, along with Mr Obama's announcement that the US would support India's bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, calls for applause.

Working together, both countries can create regional peace and prosperity, and work on common goals such as an increasing trade, creating green jobs, procuring affordable energy resources with low-carbon growth, strengthening agriculture and health care, as well as strengthening democratic governance and human rights.

May "together we can" be the renewed mantra of this progressive movement. This truly inspiring visit will definitely be advantageous for the entire region in the years ahead.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

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