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Ministerial Meeting of the 12th session of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Her Excellency Smt Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of the Republic of India co-chaired the Ministerial Meeting of the 12th session of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) held on December 3 and 4, 2018 at the Ministry's Headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan while welcoming the Indian delegation led by Her Excellency Smt Sushma Swaraj emphasized that the UAE has always shared strong historical ties with India. He noted that the relations between the two countries are based on mutual respect, trust and aimed at enhancing mutual benefit of the people of the two friendly countries.

SmtSushma Swaraj congratulated the leadership, government and the people of the UAE on the occasion of the celebration of the 47th National Day of the nation and expressed satisfaction at the pace of growth in bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation. She thanked the UAE Government for the warm hospitality extended to her and her delegation. 

Both sides reviewed the entire scope of bilateral ties and took stock of the developments in the region. They underscored the importance of sharing views on regional and international development. Both sides further strengthened their resolve to combat extremism and terrorism in all its forms, regardless of the perpetrators and their intent.

Both the Foreign Ministers thanked the members of the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) for their efforts in doing the preparatory groundwork for holding a successful JCM. The SOM was led by HE Mohamed Sharaf, Assistant Minister for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Shri T.S. Tirumurti, Secretary for Economic Relations at the Ministry of External Affairs, India. The discussions at SOM were held under eight subcommittees -bilateral matters, consular field, space, education,agriculture & livestock and development cooperation, civil aviation, and economic and trade, investments, banking & finance cooperation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the two Foreign Ministers signed the Minutes of the 12th session of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting. They also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Development Cooperation in Africa between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and the Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India. The MoU was signed by HE Sultan Mohammed Al Shamsi Assistant Minister for International Development at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and Mr. T. S. Tirumurti, Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

The Agreement on India Rupee / UAE Dirham Currency Swap between the Central Bank on UAE and the Reserve Bank in India was also exchanged in the presence of the two Foreign Ministers by HE Mohammed Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of UAE and HE Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the UAE.

On the sidelines of the JCM, HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Smt Sushma Swaraj attended the unveiling of the plans for the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition accompanied by HE Nourabint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi.

Scheduled to open its doors to the public in March 2019, this exhibition is organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development in cooperation with the Mahatma Gandhi Digital Museums and is the first joint digital between the UAE and India.

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that the Zayed-Gandhi Digital Exhibition will contribute to conveying the philosophy of the two world leaders to the future generations, enabling them to learn about their lives, achievements and deeds. He noted:

Smt Sushma Swaraj noted: “The enunciation of peace, tolerance and sustainable living by Mahatma Gandhi, our beloved Bapu and the UAE’s Founder Sheikh Zayed lovingly called Baba Zayed, has been portrayed beautifully at the Gandhi Zayed Digital Exhibition. Both leaders with their love for humanity and indomitable spirit continue to inspire us.  I am delighted to jointly attend the launch of this Exhibition with His Highness Sheikh Abdulla bin Zayed Al Nahyan today, as we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 100th year of Sheikh Zayed.”

“The exhibition is designed in a way that goes beyond the concept of a traditional exhibition. It is a cultural forum that promotes cultural exchanges and dialogue among peoples and takes visitors on a journey entitled Love, the Nation, and Wise Leadership, through the values of Peace, Tolerance and Fraternity ", said NouraBint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development. She stressed that the exhibition is an opportunity to meet two exceptional leaders on the centenary of the birth of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, through interactive content, photographs and videos representing their lives, which stand testimony to their achievements.