Abu Dhabi: A high-level Indian delegation, led by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, discussed ways to boost security and military ties and cooperation in addressing the worldwide increase in food prices with the UAE.
Mukherjee met the UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan late last evening. Progress of the UAE-India joint committee and Iran’s continuation in perpetuating its occupation of the three UAE islands Greater Tunb, Lesser Tunb and Abu Musa was also reviewed.
The two ministers discussed about the situation in Lebanon, Middle-East peace process, developments in Iraq and on Iran’s nuclear programme issue with the IAEA.
The meeting was attended by director of the UAE’s Foreign Minister’s Office Rashid Hareb Al Falahi and Indian Ambassador to UAE, Talmiz Ahmed.
Mukherjee, who arrived here yesterday from South Africa, is on a three-day official visit to the Gulf nation. This is the first visit by an Indian foreign minister to the UAE in several years.
While addressing a gathering at Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research - on Indian’s Foreign Policy and India-Gulf relations Meeting and Challenges of the 21st century he said he was delighted to see Dubai positioning itself to emerge as a global service provider, while Abu Dhabi was already a major source of investment on the global scene.
The minister will meet Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan today.