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Jaishankar to travel to UAE for joint commission meet from Aug 31 to Sept 2

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will go to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from August 31 to September 2 to co-chair the 14th India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) and the third India-UAE Strategic Dialogue with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

These sessions will allow both Ministers to review the entire spectrum of comprehensive strategic alliances between India and the UAE, as well as regional and global trends. EAM will also meet with other UAE dignitaries during his visit, according to a press release from the External Affairs Ministry.

There has been a regular high-level interaction between India and UAE in 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to Abu Dhabi on June 28, 2022 and met UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Earlier, both leaders had also held a Virtual Summit on February 18 during which India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) was signed and a Vision Statement adopted.

Both leaders also participated in the I2U2 Summit held virtually on July 14.

The UAE would invest USD 2 billion in India to build a network of integrated agriculture parks across the country.

The four countries’ leaders, including Israel Prime Minister Yair Lapid, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, and UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, stated in a joint statement that the US and Israeli private sectors will be invited to lend their expertise in India and offer innovative solutions that contribute to the overall sustainability of the project.

The virtual summit of India, Israel, UAE, and the USA dubbed “I2U2” is projected as the Quad for West Asia. I2U2 aimed to encourage joint investments in six mutually identified areas such as water, energy, transportation, space, health, and food security.

Both India and UAE are committed to moving forward in their partnership in diverse areas, including trade, investment, conventional and renewable energy, food security, health, skill development, education, culture, defence, space, consular issues and people-to-people ties, added the release.

These areas were also discussed at official levels during the meetings of the Sub-Committees of the JCM held on August 23-24, 2022.

Notably, India-UAE Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was signed on February 18 this year. It came into force on May 1 this year.

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