India-UAE ties strengthen with first strategic talks

India-UAE ties strengthen with first strategic talks

The UAE and India will hold their first ever strategic dialogue in New Delhi on Friday, 18 months after the

Photo: Philip Cheung/UAE Crown Prince Court

Photo: Philip Cheung/UAE Crown Prince Court

The UAE and India will hold their first ever strategic dialogue in New Delhi on Friday, 18 months after the partnership arrangement was announced.

The talks are expected to lay the foundation for future cooperation between the two countries, which share common interests in defence and counterterrorism.

Forging closer defence ties with the UAE is a relative victory for India. The Emirates has long held close military ties with India’s arch-rival Pakistan. This relationship was strained in 2015 when Pakistan refused to take part in military operations in Yemen – a fissure New Delhi will seek to exploit in Friday’s meeting.

The parties will also discuss a plan for the UAE to invest $75 billion in India’s notoriously overburdened roads, ports and railways.