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India, UAE hold 2nd round of strategic dialogue; focus on trade, investment

Officials said the discussions covered the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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and the United Arab Emirates today held the second round of their strategic dialogue in to deepen cooperation in a range of areas such as trade and investment. The Indian delegation at the talks was led by Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar while the side was headed by its Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash. "Deepening ties with a partner. MOS @mjakbar and MOS Dr. Anwar Gargash from co-chaired 2nd India-strategic dialogue in Abu Dhabi," external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Akbar arrived in the yesterday on a two-day visit. Officials said the discussions covered the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. The first round of the India-strategic dialogue was held here in January.

The ties between the two countries are on an upswing in the last few years. Prime Minister had visited the in August 2015, while Crown Prince of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had come here in February last year and in January this year. The volume of two-way annual trade between the two countries is around USD 53 billion. The is India's third largest trading partner. For the UAE, has been the largest trading partner. The is among the top investors in in terms of foreign direct investments. It contributes significantly to India's energy security and was the fifth-largest supplier of crude oil to in 2016-17. About 2.6 million-strong and vibrant Indian community form the largest expatriate group in the "This visit will provide a useful opportunity to further cement our mutually beneficial bilateral ties with the UAE," said the external affairs ministry had said on Friday.

First Published: Sun, October 29 2017. 18:17 IST
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