Consulate General of India
Official Visit of Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the UAE to India on August 9-10, 2017
Following is the text of a Press Release issued by Ministry of External Affairs, GOI, New Delhi on August 10
During his official visit to India, Dr. Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs held delegation-level talks with Minister of State for External Affairs, Shri M.J. Akbar on 9 August. Dr. Gargash separately met with the National Security Adviser. He also met with External Affairs Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar.
Dr Gargash was accompanied by Mr. Mohammed Sharaf, Assistant Minister of Economy and other senior officials in the Government of the UAE. The two sides discussed matters of mutual interest pertaining to bilateral, regional and international affairs. The talks were held in constructive and friendly spirit.
MOS Shri M.J. Akbar expressed his satisfaction over the follow up of important decisions taken during the recent high-level bilateral visits which are contributing to building a mutually beneficial comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. He thanked UAE for contributing significantly to India’s energy security, being a key supplier of crude oil to us.
The two sides reviewed the progress made in achieving the target set for UAE investments in India. MOS Shri M.J. Akbar expressed satisfaction over the signing of the MOU on the framework for facilitating the participation of UAE Institutional Investors in National Infrastructure Investment Fund, with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority agreeing to contribute towards the NIIF Master Fund. Dr Gargash conveyed appreciation for the contribution of the Indian community in UAE in the development of their host country which has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.
On regional issues, Dr Gargash briefed his Indian interlocutors about the situation in the Gulf region. He was briefed about India’s position that peace and security in the Gulf are of paramount importance for the continued progress and prosperity of the region. Terrorism, violent extremism and religious intolerance pose grave threat not only to the regional stability but also to the global peace and order. India is of the view that parties should resolve their differences through a process of constructive dialogue and peaceful negotiations.