India-UAE panel discusses defence ties

New Delhi, July 9 (UNI) India and UAE on Tuesday discussed opportunities for collaboration to strengthen defence and security cooperation at the 12th edition of Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting held in Abu Dhabi.

According to a Defence Ministry statement, discussions were held in areas such as training, joint military exercises, defence industrial cooperation, subject matter expert exchange, R&D and other issues.

Both sides also deliberated on the regional security situation, including maritime security, and underscored the need to enhance collaboration to tackle challenges.

Exchanging visits in different domains to benefit from experience and knowledge of each other was also discussed.

Besides, mutual exchange of training opportunities in niche areas was also agreed.

The Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary Amitabh Prasad. It included senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces and the Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi.

The meeting was co-chaired by Brig. General Staff Jamal Ebrahim Mohamed Almazrooqi from the UAE side.

During the visit, Joint Secretary Prasad met Assistant Under Secretary, Ministry of Defence, UAE, Ali Abdulla Al Ahmed and held discussion on bilateral defence cooperation.

He had a productive meeting with the CEO of the Tawazun Economic Council. Staff talks between the Navy and Army of the two countries were also conducted on the sidelines of the JDCC. Service specific cooperation was discussed in detail, the statement said.

The India-UAE JDCC was established in 2006. Since then, 11 rounds have been held.

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