India, UAE to ink pacts after Al Nahyan-PM Modi talks

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New Delhi: President, Pranab Mukherjee with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of United Arab Emirates during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: President, Pranab Mukherjee with Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of United Arab Emirates during a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
Photo – PTI

India and UAE are slated to sign more than dozen agreements in the area of bilateral trade, nuclear energy, oil, IT, aerospace and railways after the talks between Prime Minister Modi and Abu Dhabi’s crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Thursday evening. On a three-day visit to India, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi landed in the national capital on Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, Al Nahyan was accorded a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion.

“An exceptional tete-a-tete. PM meets the Crown Prince for a restricted meeting at 7RCR before talks in the evening,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup shared on Twitter.

The two leaders will now hold a detailed discussion in the evening. Ways to contain radicalism, stepping up counter-terrorism cooperation and dealing with the ISIS are likely to figure prominently in the talks.

Al Nahyan is accompanied by a power-packed delegation for his three-day trip till February 12 which includes several top ministers and over 100 business leaders and CEOs of top companies.

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat in the morning, where he laid a wreath and planted a sapling.

Soon after landing on Wednesday, the crown prince held discussions with Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj where the two discussed ways to combat the rising threat of terror syndicate Islamic State (IS) and containing radicalism besides situation in war-ravaged Syria.

During the meeting, Ms Swaraj also briefed Al Nahyan about the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase earlier last month. The air base in Punjab was under siege for three days after six terrorists, with alleged Pakistan link, attacked the premises. Seven security personnel were killed in the counter-offensive against the gunmen.

On the question of countering the terror syndicate Islamic State, Sushma Swaraj complimented UAE for supporting the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) to effectively deal with the menace globally. India has been pressing for adoption of the CCIT by the United Nations.

(With inputs from the PTI)