India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a handwritten letter to President Sheikh Mohamed, requesting strengthening of ties between the two nations, according to state news agency WAM on Friday.
Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs, handed the letter to President Sheikh Mohamed at a meeting at Al Shati Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Dr. Jaishankar, who is in the UAE for meetings of the UAE-India Joint Committee and the UAE-India Strategic Dialogue, sent President Sheikh Mohamed his congratulations and expressed his hopes for continued development and prosperity for the UAE and its citizens.
The need of cooperating to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations within the framework of the UAE-India Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), was also emphasized by the leaders.
The UAE and India reached an agreement earlier this year that will increase non-oil commerce between the two nations from its current $60 billion level to $100 billion in five years.
The agreement marked the beginning of a new phase of strategic cooperation and will provide businesses in India and the UAE with new opportunities for trade and investment.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, presided Friday’s UAE-India Strategic Dialogue.
Sheikh Abdullah and Dr. Jaishankar discussed matters of mutual interest on the regional and global levels during the session.
According to Sheikh Abdullah, the UAE and India have long-standing strategic ties.
According to him, the nations are keen to deepen their ties in order to pursue their shared interests.
Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE’s Minister of State for International Cooperation, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, the UAE’s Minister of State, Dr. Anwar Gargash, the UAE President’s Diplomatic Advisor, Abdul Nasser Al Shaali, the UAE’s Assistant Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs, Dr. Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE’s Ambassador to India, and other officials from both sides attended the meeting.