UAE, India Set to Give New Impetus to Strategic Partnership
New Delhi: The State Visit of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India from 24th to 26th January as the Chief Guest of India’s 68th Republic Day celebrations marked a momentous occasion in relations between India and the UAE. Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed met with Vice-President Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari and had delegation-level discussions with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, who also hosted a banquet lunch in honour of the visiting dignitary.
The two sides expressed satisfaction at the progress made in bilateral ties since Prime Minister Modi’s August 2015 visit to UAE and reiterated their common resolve to further intensifying and strengthening the constructive UAE-India bilateral engagement.
During the visit, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed was accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and business leaders. This was the second successive state visit by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed to India since February 2016, clearly reflecting the warmth and goodwill he and the people of UAE have for India and its people.
They expressed satisfaction that these ties have been maturing into a robust relationship across a broad spectrum of political, economic, trade and investment, energy, education, culture, defence and security spheres.
In the matter of Global issues and Strategic Dialogue, the two leaders resolved to harness the shared strengths and complementarities to expand the India-UAE partnership for the benefit of their countries, for peace, stability and prosperity in their region, and for the betterment of the world.
Prime Minister Modi thanked His Highness Shaikh Mohammad bin Zayed for the consistent support expressed by the UAE for India’s candidature for permanent membership in a reformed and expanded UN Security Council. Prime Minister Modi apprised His Highness the Crown Prince of the progress on a range of key initiatives, including “Start Up India”, “Make in India”, “Smart City”, “Digital India” and “Clean India”, highlighting their strong potential to provide the Indian economy with a positive thrust for a robust and sustained growth.
The two leaders reviewed the progress in realising the $75 billion target for UAE investments in India’s plans for rapid expansion of next generation infrastructure development. P.M. Modi invited UAE participation in India’s National Infrastructure Investment Master Fund as an anchor investor. The UAE side reaffirmed its interest in investing in infrastructure development in India, especially in priority areas such as energy, power generation and transmission, defence production, industrial corridors and parks, railways, roads, ports, shipping and logistics.
The Indian side welcomed the proposal from the UAE side for establishing food security parks, including through the creation of high quality food processing infrastructure, integrated cold chain, value addition and preserving technology, packaging of food products and marketing. On the subject of People and Skill Development, the two leaders underlined the shared values of respect for diversity, plurality and multiculturalism cherished by the two countries which are exemplified by the vibrant linkages between their peoples. They described these connections as a unique asset for both countries.
Regarding Civil Aviation, Tourism, Culture and Press, the two leaders underlined the fact that over 1,050 flights per week between India and UAE is indicative of vibrant people to people linkages. The two sides agreed to explore the feasibility of cruise routes between India and UAE and to prepare an action plan and detailed road map for the development of cruise shipping.
Shaikh Mohammad thanked President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the people of India for the distinguished honour extended to him as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations. He also expressed his sincere appreciation for the warm welcome and kind hospitality extended to him and his delegation. He invited the President and the Prime Minister of India to visit the UAE at a mutually convenient time.