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Modi discusses trade, defence ties with UAE PM

IANS  |  Dubai 

on Sunday held an "engaging discussion" with his UAE counterpart Sheikh on expanding defence and trade ties between the two countries, an Indian said.

The two leaders also discussed ways to enhance cooperation in investment, security and people-to-people contacts to strengthen "our comprehensive strategic partnership", said after the meeting between Modi and Al Maktoum, who is also the UAE and the ruler of

is home to a majority of the 3.3 million expatriate Indians in the (UAE).

Earlier in the day, Modi addressed a gathering of the Indian community. He also witnessed via videoconferencing the laying of a foundation stone of an Indian temple to be constructed on the highway.

He also paid tributes at the UAE war near

After visiting Palestine earlier on Saturday, Modi arrived in later in the evening on the second leg of his West and the Gulf visit.

The Indian also held delegation-level talks with the of Abu Dhabi and of the Sheikh

The two sides signed five agreements on Saturday, including a historic one on that awarded a consortium of Indian companies led by a 10 per cent interest in Abu Dhabi's offshore Lower Zakum concession.

This is Modi's second visit to the UAE after a 2015 trip.

After Dubai, Modi will leave for on the third and final leg of his tour.



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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 14:56 IST