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India, UAE review bilateral ties, to work together in Africa

IANS  |  Abu Dhabi 

and the UAE on Tuesday reviewed their entire gamut of bilateral ties during their 12th meeting here and signed two agreements, including one on development cooperation in

In the meeting, co-chaired by and (UAE) Sheikh Nahyan, both sides reviewed the entire scope of bilateral ties and took stock of the developments in the region.

"Both ministers expressed satisfaction that our bilateral relation has gone from strength to strength over the last few years," said T.S. Tirumurti, (Economic Relations) in the External Affairs Ministry, following the meeting.

"They discussed several areas of mutual interest, including defence and security, counter-terrorism, trade, economic and investment relations, energy, science and technology, including space, cooperation in railways, civil aviation, food security, agriculture, education, capacity and skill development, Indian community and their welfare, youth, labour issues, cultural links and consular and extradition matter," Tirumurti said.

Both ministers also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for development cooperation in

"In a significant development, an MoU on development cooperation in was also signed as a symbol of South-South cooperation," Tirumurti said.

"The first project is expected to be taken up in in coordination and consultation with the "

Another agreement on Indian rupee/UAE dirham currency swap between the and the was also exchanged in the presence of the two ministers.

With nearly $50 billion bilateral trade, the two countries are one of the largest trade partners for each other and have made robust investments bilaterally.

The UAE is the sixth-largest source of India's and hosts a 3.3 million-strong Indian Community.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Sheikh Abdullah and Sushma Swaraj, accompanied by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the UAE's and Knowledge Development, attended the unveiling of the plans for the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition at Manarat here, news agency reported.

Scheduled to open its doors to the public in March 2019, the exhibition is being organised by the in cooperation with the Digital Museums and is the first joint digital exhibition between and the UAE.

It will mark the celebrations of 150th birth and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed, founder of the modern UAE.

Sheikh Abdullah said that the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition would contribute to conveying the philosophy of the two world leaders to the future generations, enabling them to learn about their lives, achievements and deeds.

said that the enunciation of peace, tolerance and sustainable living by and the UAE's founder Sheikh Zayed has been portrayed beautifully at the Gandhi Zayed Digital Exhibition.

"Both leaders with their love for humanity and indomitable spirit continue to inspire us," she said.

Nooura said that the exhibition is designed in a way that goes beyond the concept of a traditional exhibition.

"It is a cultural forum that promotes cultural exchanges and dialogue among peoples and takes visitors on a journey entitled aLove, the Nation, and Wise Leadership, through the values of Peace, Tolerance and Fraternity'," said.

She stressed that the exhibition is an opportunity to meet the two exceptional leaders through interactive content, photographs and videos representing their lives, which stand testimony to their achievements.

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"Both expressed satisfaction at the pace of our bilateral relations in a range of areas, attesting to our comprehensive strategic partnership," tweeted following the meeting.

Later, Sushma Swaraj also addressed members of the Indian community and appreciated their role in enhancing India-UAE ties.



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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 23:06 IST