Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed meets Indian foreign minister

The UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation held talks with his counterpart as part of a three-day tour of India

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation meets Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Indian Minister of External Affairs in New Delhi in July 2019. Courtesy: MOFA
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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, held talks with his counterpart in New Delhi as part of a three-day tour of India.

Sheikh Abdullah discussed efforts to bolster ties between the two nations during a high-level meeting with Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s Minister of External Affairs, in the Indian capital on Monday.

The ministers exchanged views on domestic and international matters and set out plans to enhance mutual partnerships in a variety of fields, including the economy and trade, investment and energy.

They assessed ongoing developments in Syria, Libya and Yemen, and stressed the importance of tackling terrorism and extremism in all its forms.

Sheikh Abdullah reiterated the UAE’s commitment to furthering its friendship with India, a sentiment that was echoed by Dr Jaishankar.

The meeting in New Delhi was also attended by Dr Ahmed Al Banna, the UAE’s ambassador to India.

Sheikh Abdullah is due to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was returned to power for a second term following a landslide election win in May.

The Indian visit, which started on Sunday, is only the latest effort to build on strong ties between the two countries.

Sheikh Abdullah travelled to India in 2018 to meet Mr Modi after attending a joint workshop, organised by Adnoc and the Indian Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, on expanding investments and partnerships in the oil and gas industry in the UAE and India.

In 2017, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, attended a parade to mark India’s 68th Republic Day in New Delhi.

Mr Modi’s visit to the UAE in 2015 was the first by an Indian Prime Minister for 34 years.