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India and the Arab League inked MoU to elevate political, trade and cultural relations

India and Arab League inked an MoU to elevate the political, trade and cultural relations.

Dec 18, 2013 14:38 IST
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India and Arab LeagueIndia and Arab League on 17 December 2013 inked an MoU to elevate the political, trade and cultural relations. The MoU was signed by Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister of India and Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States during his visit to India.

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List of documents signed are:


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Signatory from Indian side

Signatory from Arab League side

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1.

Memorandum of Cooperation
between the League of Arab States and the Republic of India

Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister

Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States

The new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) has replaced the existing MOC signed in December 2008. The new MOC provides for replacing the High Level Joint Committee of the existing MOC with new formats for future meetings, namely Ministerial and Senior Officials meeting, involving all the member states and the Arab League Secretariat. It also provides for setting up of an Executive Programme, which will be renewed every two years.

2.

The Executive Program of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum between the League of Arab States and the Republic of India for 2014-2015

Salman Khurshid, External Affairs Minister

Nabil Elaraby, Secretary General of the League of Arab States

The Executive Programme is much more specific in terms of the cooperation envisaged in diverse areas like trade & investment, energy, small and medium enterprises, culture, capacity building, etc. and attempts to specify the modality for each major activity. As per the EP, the League of Arab States Mission in New Delhi and the Indian Embassy in Cairo have been designated as the nodal points for coordination.

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