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INDIA UAE BILATERAL DEFENCE COOPERATION

1. Bilateral Defence Interaction between India and UAE has been steadily growing in accordance with other aspects of the bilateral relationship. There have been regular high level exchanges at the level of Service Chiefs, functional level exchanges and military education exchanges between the countries. The ships of the Navies of both countries have regularly made port calls enhancing bilateral defence co-operation. India and UAE hold an Annual Defence Dialogue to discuss the security and defence co-operation issues between the two countries.

2. Defence co-operation between the two countries is steered through a Joint Defence Co-operation Committee (JDCC) at the Ministry level and Naval Staff Talks at the HQ level which identify new areas of co-operation between the two nations. A permanent resident Defence Adviser (DA) has been posted to this Mission with effect from March 2013. After the establishment of the DA’s office, bilateral defence co-operation has been strengthened further, notably in the field of defence training and regular exchange programmes. Co-operation in the field of Defence, Security and Energy has shown a positive change after the VVIP exchange of visits in the last two years.

3. In the recent years, IAF participated in a bilateral exercise with the UAE counterparts in May 2016 & UAE Air Force Officers participated as Observers in Trilateral Air Exercise on Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) theme held in March 2018. Two Indian Navy Ships participated in the maiden IN-UAEN Bilateral Exercise in March 2018 named Gulf Star 1 and IN and Coast Guard have made a number of port calls to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, along with the associated PASSEX. Three different delegations from UAE visited the Def Expo 2018 in India in Feb 2018 led by UAE MoS for Defence Affairs, who later made an official visit to India in Oct 2018. A large delegation from MoD of UAE participated in Aero India at Bangalore in Feb 2019. In addition, there are a number of delegation visits from both sides to each others Centres of Excellence.

4. CNS was on a goodwill visit to UAE in Feb 2017. Commandant NDC visited UAE in Oct 2018 to attend a Seminar hosted by UAE NDC. An Indian Navy Ship visited UAE for participation in IDEX/NAVDEX in Feb 2019, which was accompanied by an official delegation. Greater interaction and cooperation between the armed forces of both countries is under progress.