UAE, In­dia hold strate­gic di­a­logue

Both sides ex­press sat­is­fac­tion over progress in bi­lat­eral re­la­tions

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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.

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