MoS External Affairs Mr. MJ Akbar's visit to UAE for the Second India UAE Strategic Dialogue

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 Press Release

 Mr. M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs of India led a high-level delegation to Abu Dhabi for the 2nd India – UAE Strategic Dialogue on 29th October, 2017.

He was welcomed by His Excellency Dr. Anwar Bin Mohammed Gargash, Cabinet Minister and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates. Both dignitaries and their respective delegations met and discussed Defence, Investment, Security, Terrorism, Consular matters, Energy and Technology cooperation, along with Regional and other International Issues of mutual interest.

Both delegations expressed satisfaction at the great progress achieved in the bilateral relationship, following the State visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UAE in August 2015 and State Visit of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to India in January 2017 as the Chief Guest on the India’s Republic Day celebrations. UAE has raised its investment profile in India, and cooperation has increased on Security issues.  

Mr. Akbar also met His Excellency Mohammed Bin Ahmad Al Bawardi, Cabinet Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs and called on His Highness Sheikh Hamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Crown Prince Court and CEO & Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Speaking about the visits Mr. Akbar said that, "The Strategic Dialogue is a very important element in the architecture of our growing relationship with United Arab Emirates". He also stated that "Our discussions today enabled us to review and re-energise the elements of our comprehensive dialogue. This process helps in converting a wish list into outcomes".

His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash in his opening statement said that "We welcome MoS M J Akbar’s participation in the 2nd India – UAE Strategic Dialogue and are very satisfied at the growing momentum in the bilateral ties. We appreciate the contribution of Indian community towards the progress and prosperity of UAE". UAE also welcomed India’s participation as Guest of Honour at the World Government Summit to be held in February, 2018 in Dubai.

Both the sides agreed to hold the 3rd round of Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on mutually convenient dates.


  Abu Dhabi, 29th October, 2017.

Link to freely downloadable photographs from Flickr handle of Embassy.

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