Sheikh Mohammed attends IDEX security conference

A top French defence industry official said that talks to sell Rafale jet fighters to the UAE were 'progressing well'
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United Arab Emirates' Vice President and Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum attend the opening ceremony of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People walk around as they visit the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. A top French defence industry official said that talks to sell Rafale jet fighters to the UAE were 'progressing well', expressing confidence that a deal could be reached with the Gulf state. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People walk past a US-made armoured vehicle during the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Emirati armed forces take part in a military show at the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Members of the United Arab Emirates' armed forces take part in a military show launching the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Helicopters perform during an air show part of the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (C) attends the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. A top French defence industry official said that talks to sell Rafale jet fighters to the UAE were 'progressing well', expressing confidence that a deal could be reached with the Gulf state. (AFP/Getty Images)
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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R) speaks with French troops during the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre in the Emirati capital on February 17, 2013. A top French defence industry official said that talks to sell Rafale jet fighters to the UAE were 'progressing well', expressing confidence that a deal could be reached with the Gulf state. (AFP/Getty Images)