UAE and India discuss bolstering bilateral ties and offsetting Covid-19 impact
UAE and Indian foreign ministers hold video conference to discuss the two countries' cooperation in many fields.
The UAE and India on Monday agreed to further strengthen relations in existing areas and explore newer areas of cooperation.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and S. Jaishankar, Indian Minister of External Affairs, held a virtual meeting during the 13th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting on Trade, Economic and Technical Cooperation.
A press release from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that the UAE has appreciated the significant contributions made by the Indian expatriates and expressed its willingness to further strengthen links in energy and food security.
Meanwhile, India sought further investments from the UAE in key sectors of the Indian economy such as infrastructure, including logistics, food parks, highways, ports, airports, renewable energy and defence.
Jaishankar hailed the wide-ranging discussions as a reflection of the strong bilateral ties.
"Reviewed the continuing growth of our broad-based cooperation. Their content and expanse are a testimony to our new era of relations. Encouraged by our close collaboration in dealing with health, trade and travel challenges due to Covid-19. Discussed major regional and international developments. Our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership grows by the day," Jaishankar said in a tweet.
Thank FM HH @ABZayed for co-chairing the 13th (Virtual) India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting. Reviewed the continuing growth of our broad-based cooperation. Their content and expanse are a testimony to our new era of relations. pic.twitter.com/r9770JWXhU- Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 17, 2020
Indian Ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, tweeted that the meeting was a proof of bilateral engagement continuing "to grow despite Covid restrictions."
Additionally during the meeting, both the leaders discussed a joint strategy to offset the economic and social impact of the pandemic on both countries.
"Both the ministers noted with satisfaction the progress on institutional mechanisms which continue to guide and promote multifaceted bilateral cooperation through an extensive framework of agreements.
Encouraged by our close collaboration in dealing with health, trade and travel challenges due to COVID-19. Discussed major regional and international developments. Our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership grows by the day.- Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 17, 2020
"They discussed the regional issues pertaining to their neighbourhood and cooperation at the United Nations among others," the press release said.
Sheikh Abdullah began his speech by extending sincere condolences to the Government and people of India for the unfortunate loss of lives in the tragic Air India Express plane crash earlier this month, praying to Allah the Almighty to rest their souls rest in peace and saying May God grant their families patience and strength.
Sheikh Abdullah underlined the strong ties between the two countries, saying: "The UAE sees in the Republic of India a friend and a strategic partner that joins the UAE in its efforts to establish pillars of peace and security at regional and international levels. The two countries coordinate and exchange views on the most prominent geopolitical issues and developments in the region and the world, all of which are on the basis of mutual understanding and trust and an appreciation of the expected repercussions on political and economic interests for both sides."
"The UAE-India's strategic relations have once again proven their superiority to face the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic implications. The past months showed exceptional cooperation between the two sides in all priority sectors, notably civil aviation, food security, energy and health.
"Indeed, this cooperation is an example to follow between partners at the regional and global levels. In this context, I would like to commend the exceptional flights that have been organised to secure the safe return of the citizens of the two countries, in addition to the continued smooth flow of food commodities and medical supplies between the two sides. I would like to also commend the fruitful cooperation between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) and the Indian side in the field of securing energy supplies," he stated.
The next session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting will be held in Abu Dhabi in 2021.
(With inputs from Wam)
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