14 key agreements were signed in key areas including terrorism, defence, cyber space, maritime, shipping and commerce to boost regional cooperation. PM Modi said, UAE is one of our most valued partners and a close friend in an important region of the world. PM also said that they exchanged views on developments in West Asia and the Gulf, where both countries have a shared interest in peace and stability. Earlier, the visiting dignitary was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, who is on a three-day visit to India, also paid his tributes at Rajghat. The visiting dignitary arrived in India yesterday and he was received and welcomed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport. Crown prince will be the chief guest at this year’s republic day on 26th January. Shaikh Mohammad, who will be the chief guest at the 68th Indian Republic Day celebrations on Thursday, welcomed the strengthening bond between the UAE and India and praised the new impetus in bilateral ties.
Modi, in a speech following the exchange of the MoUs, said: “The UAE is one of our most valued partners and a close friend in an important region of the world. I have just concluded very fruitful and productive discussions with His Highness [Shaikh MOhammad Bin Zayed]. We particularly focused on implementation of various decisions taken during our last two meetings. We agreed to sustain the momentum of our relations in key areas, including energy and investments.” The first of the agreements – on a comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and India – was exchanged between Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Manohar Parikkar, Indain minister of defence.The partnership, in development since the visits of Modi to the UAE in November 2015 and Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed to India last February, substantially elevates mutual relations, the Indian prime minister said.