India and United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 17 august 2015 released a Joint Statement to take bilateral relations to a higher level. The Joint statement was released in Abu Dhabi after meeting of His Highness Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India to visit UAE after 34 years. Last Indian Prime Minister to visit the UAE was Indira Gandhi in 1981.
The two leaders agreed to seize this historic moment of opportunity and shared responsibility to chart a new course in their partnership for the 21st century. Few major issues on which the two leaders agreed on are:
• Elevate the India-UAE relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
• Coordinate efforts to counter radicalization and misuse of religion by groups and countries for inciting hatred, perpetrating and justifying terrorism or pursuing political aims.
• Denounce and oppose terrorism in all forms and manifestations, wherever committed and by whomever and enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity building.
• Work together for the adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.
• Strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, other trans-national crimes, extradition arrangements, as well as police training.
• Promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention on use of cyber for terrorism, radicalization and disturbing social harmony.
• Establish a dialogue between their National Security Advisors and National Security Councils which will meet every six months. The two sides will also establish points of contact between their security agencies to further improve operational cooperation.
• Cooperate to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean region, which is vital for the security and prosperity of both countries.
• Promote collaboration and inter-operability for humanitarian assistance and evacuation in naturaldisasters and conflict situations.
• Strengthen defence relations, including through regular exercises and training of naval, air, land and Special Forces, and in coastal defence. UAE decided to participate in International Fleet Review in India in February 2016.
• Cooperate in manufacture of defence equipment in India.
• Work together to promote peace, reconciliation, stability, inclusiveness and cooperation in the wider South Asia, Gulf and West Asia region.
• Support efforts for peaceful resolution of conflicts and promote adherence to the principles of sovereignty and non-interference in the conduct of relations between nations and settlement of disputes.
• Establish a Strategic Security Dialogue between the two governments.
• Establishment of UAE-India Infrastructure Investment Fund, with the aim of reaching a target of 75 billion US dollars to support investment in India especially in railways, ports, roads, airports and industrial corridors and parks.
• Promote strategic partnership in the energy sector, including through UAE's participation in India in the development of strategic petroleum reserves, upstream and downstream petroleum sectors, and collaboration in third countries.
• Further promote trade between the two countries, and use their respective locations and infrastructure for expanding trade in the region and beyond; and, with the target of increasing trade by 60% in the next five years.
• Tap India's expertise in Small and Medium Enterprises to create a vibrant industrial base in UAE, which could also be of benefit to Indian enterprises.
• Strengthen cooperation between UAE's increasingly sophisticated educational institutions and India's universities and higher research institutions.
• Promote cooperation in Space, including in joint development and launch of satellites, ground-based infrastructure and space application. UAE has planned to set up the West Asia's first Space Research Centre at AI Ain and also to launch a Mars Mission in 2021.
• Cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear energy including in areas like safety, health, agriculture and science and technology.
Besides, the two sides resolved to maintain regular summits, high level ministerial dialogue and meetings of bilateral mechanisms to realize their vision of a strong comprehensive strategic partnership.
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Who: India and UAE
Where: Abu Dhabi
What: Released Joint Statement
When: 17 August 2015