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Abu Dhabi: In a significant move, India and the UAE on Monday agreed to cooperate in cracking down on terrorism and radicalisation, including the use of religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries.

2015-08-17_2145In a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, India and the UAE also agreed to promote investment through the establishment of a UAE-India Infrastructure Investment Fund of $75 billion for supporting projects in India in the sector of railways, ports, roads, airports and industrial corridors and parks.

The statement said the visit of an Indian prime minister to UAE after 34 years marks the beginning of a new and comprehensive strategic partnership.

The two nations rejected extremism and any link between religion and terrorism.

Both sides condemned efforts to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries. They denounced and opposed terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

India and the UAE call on all states to dismantle terrorism infrastructure where they exist and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice, according to brief points of the joint statement tweeted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup under the hashtag #TogetheronTerror.

India and the UAE will enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and capacity-building.

India and the UAE agreed to work together for the adoption of India’s proposal on Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations.

Both sides agreed to work together to control, regulate and share information on flow of funds that affect radicalization.

Both will strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug trafficking, extradition arrangements.

Both will promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyber for terrorism, radicalisation and disturbing social harmony.

Both are to establish a dialogue between their National Security Advisers and their National Security Councils. The NSAs are to meet every six months.

The joint statement marks a tectonic shift of the UAE away from Pakistan, said sources.

The agreement on terrorism would also help plug all loopholes used by terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim to use the UAE to secretly plant their funds to further terrorism in India.13373985543_c7d6f85357_o

India and the UAE are to cooperate to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean Region.

India and the UAE are to strengthen defence relations, including through regular exercises and cooperation in defence manufacturing.

India welcomed the UAE’s decision to participate in the International Fleet Review in India in 2016.

India and the UAE are to establish a strategic security dialogue between the two governments, which calls on all nations to fully respect and sincerely implement their commitment to resolve disputes bilaterally and peacefully without resorting to violence and terrorism.

On trade and investment, India and the UAE have agreed to set up a revised target of increasing trade by 60 percent in the next five years.

In strategic energy sector, both agreed to promote strategic partnership in the energy sector, including through the UAE’s participation in India in the development of strategic petroleum reserves, upstream and downstream petroleum sectors, and collaboration in third countries.

Both countries agreed to promote cooperation in space, including in joint development and launch of satellites.

In nuclear energy, India and the UAE are to will cooperate in peaceful uses of nuclear energy including in areas like safety, health, agriculture and science and technology.

On UNSC reforms, both sides sought early reforms of the UN in its 70th anniversary year. PM Modi thanked the UAE for support for India’s permanent membership.

The prime minister thanked the UAE for its strong support to the International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Modi also thanked the crown prince for his decision to allot land for construction of a temple in Abu Dhabi.

(IANS)

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Terrorist Safe Havens Should Be Eliminated: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok that the international community should come together to disrupt terrorist networks

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens. Wikimedia Commons

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said in Bangkok on Monday that the international community should come together to eliminate terrorist safe havens and disrupt their networks and financing in order to thwart cross-border movements for achieving sustainable regional security is achieved.

Singh was addressing the sixth ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) in Thailand, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the regional framework this year. Describing terrorism as the most heinous cross-border crime, Singh said some states have been using terror to pursue their political goals.

“It is so much worse when terrorists are aided, abetted, armed, financed and sheltered by States. The interplay between states and non-state actors, used as proxies to foment violence, has worsened this menace. The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is not just a painful cancer, it is also the leading reason for unsustainable security,” said Singh.

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Rajnath Singh says that The persistence of State-sponsored terrorism is the leading reason for unsustainable security. Wikimedia Commons

The theme of the meeting this year is ‘Sustainable Security.’ Singh said there is a need for a more cooperative, equitable and consultative paradigm to deal with the broad and complex security challenges to find sustainable solutions.

Singh further said that India’s Indo-Pacific vision is based on the idea of sustainable security as it focuses on a free, open, inclusive and rules-based region in which there is respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all natikons.

“Our region must remain open and welcoming to the interests of all, those who live in it and others whose interests are in it. In short, our approach to security in the Indo-Pacific is sustainable by definition because it emphasises Security and Growth for All in the Region (SAGAR),” added Singh.

On negotiations for a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, Singh said the outcome of these talks will be in keeping with all relevant international laws, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He said the forum promotes freedom of navigation, overflight and lawful commerce and also emphasised the need to protect the rights of States that are not party to these negotiations.

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Singh emphasied that India looks forward to the progress made through dialogue in addressing all related issues, including the proliferation trail that links South and East Asia on the issue of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. “As dialogue remains on the table, we hope missile launches and such destabilising activities will cease”, he said.

During the course of his address, Singh said India is eager to co-chair the India-Indonesia Expert Working Group on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) in the next cycle. (IANS)