UAE, India hold strategic dialogue
Both sides express satisfaction over progress in bilateral relations
The second UAE-India strategic dialogue was held in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. A high-level Indian delegation led by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India, attended the dialogue, said a press release issued by the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, welcomed Akbar and his delegation.
Both dignitaries and their delegations discussed matters relating to defence, investment, security, terrorism, consular matters, energy and technology, along with regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Dr Gargash in his opening statement said: “We welcome M.J. Akbar’s participation in the 2nd India-UAE strategic dialogue and are very satisfied at the growing momentum in the bilateral ties. We appreciate the contribution of Indian community towards the progress and prosperity of the UAE.”
The UAE also welcomed India’s participation as guest of honour at the World Government Summit to be held in February 2018 in Dubai.
Akbar said: “The strategic dialogue is a very important element in our growing relationship with the UAE. Our discussions today enabled us to review and re-energise the elements of our comprehensive dialogue. This process helps in converting a wishlist into outcomes.”
Both delegations expressed satisfaction over the great progress achieved in the bilateral relationship, following the state visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the UAE in August 2015 and the state visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India in January 2017 as the chief guest on the India’s Republic Day celebrations. The UAE has raised its investment profile in India, and cooperation has increased on security issues, said the press release.