India, UAE seek to strengthen defence ties to address security challenges

India, UAE seek to strengthen defence ties to address security challenges

New Delhi: India and the UAE discussed the regional security situation, including maritime security, during a key defence meeting and stressed the need to enhance cooperation to address security challenges.

During the 12th edition of the Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting between India and the UAE held in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, the two sides also discussed a wide range of opportunities for cooperation to further strengthen defence and security cooperation, the defence ministry said in a statement here. “During the meeting, the two sides discussed a wide range of opportunities for cooperation to further strengthen defence and security cooperation between the two countries,” it said.

Extensive discussions took place on topics such as training, joint military exercises, defense industry cooperation, exchange of experts and research and development.

“Both sides deliberated on the regional security situation, including maritime security, and stressed the need to enhance cooperation to address the security challenge,” the statement said. Exchange of visits in various domains to benefit from each other’s experience and knowledge was also discussed. It was also agreed to share training opportunities in niche areas, it added. The Indian delegation, led by Joint Secretary Amitabh Prasad, included senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, the Armed Forces and the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi. The meeting was co-chaired by Brig Gen Staff Jamal Ebrahim Mohamed Almazrooqi from the UAE side.

During the visit, Prasad met UAE Ministry of Defence Assistant Undersecretary Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed and held discussions on bilateral defence cooperation. He had a productive meeting with the CEO of Tawazun Economic Council, it was said. Staff talks were also held between the navies and the army of the two countries on the sidelines of the JDCC. Service-specific cooperation was discussed in detail. The India-UAE JDCC was established in 2006. Since then, 11 rounds have been held. The 12th meeting provided an opportunity to further strengthen India’s defence and security ties with the UAE and cement the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, the defence ministry said.