India-UAE expected to ink strategic agreements today

| Updated: Jan 25, 2017 12:16 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan. 25 (ANI): India and the UAE are expected to ink a strategic agreement today to elevate their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership, providing for greater cooperation in areas such as defence and security. Briefing media in New Delhi yesterday on the visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Secretary Economic Relations Amar Sinha said that his visit will further strengthen defence and security cooperation between the two countries. The Crown Prince, who arrived in India on a three-day visit yesterday, would be chief guest in this year's Republic Day parade. The Crown Prince will be accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourts of the Rashtrapati Bhawan tomorrow. President Pranab Mukherjee will host an At Home reception for the Crown Prince on Thursday. The visiting dignitary will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Sinha further said that India and the UAE are looking forward for cooperation in areas including energy security, space and civil nuclear. Trade and investment will also be on the agenda during the talks between the Crown Prince and the Prime Minister. The two countries have been moving closer for security, counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing during the last few years. Indians are the largest expatriate community in UAE comprising of nearly 20 percent of its migrant population. (ANI)