External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Tuesday, reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as global issues, including regional hotspots, with visiting UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The meeting was also attended by UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation Reem Al Hashimy and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra.
The two ministers reviewed the continuous progress in bilateral relations across different domains, since the 14th Joint Commission Meeting held by them in September. They appreciated the progress in bilateral relationships, especially in trade, investment, consular matters, education and food security.
”Exchanged views on the global situation and various regional hotspots. The rich conversation reflected the substance and closeness of our partnership,” Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting. He, however, did not identify these hotspots.
The two sides noted that bilateral trade has shown appreciable growth under the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which came into force on 1 May 2022. India’s exports to the UAE between April-September were about $16 billion which was an increase of 24 per cent year-to-year while India’s imports increased 38 per cent to reach $28.4 billion in the same time period. They also discussed food cooperation under the I2U2 (India, Israel, the UAE and the US) grouping.
It was noted that both sides have also taken forward their discussions on other areas of cooperation including energy, healthcare, defence, space, climate change, skills, fin-tech and startups.
The two foreign ministers also exchanged views on the global situation and various regional hotspots as well as the cooperation between the two countries in UN Security Council.