Minister Narendra Modi entered the last
leg of his three-nation tour, landing in Muscat last week to visit India's
closest ally in the region, Oman.
Before he flew on to Muscat, the PM, wrapping up a state visit to the UAE,
reiterated strong cooperation on combating terrorism and a defense partnership
that will see the Indian Navy conducting an
exercise in the Gulf waters. This will be the first time that the Indian navy
will be going beyond the Arabian Sea and patrol the Petroleum rich Gulf area.
Addressing the World Government Summit in Dubai, Modi highlighted the
importance of assimilating technology with governance to ensure equitable
growth, a key message relating to his government's programs promoting inclusive
growth through banking and DBT.
also met Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai.
statement issued at the end of Modi's visit focused substantially on a joint
approach to tackling terrorism and radicalization. Indian institutions will
cooperate with Sawab and Hedayah of the UAE, two entities that are actively
addressing radical thoughts and actions at the level of religious places,
schools and among the youth.
With defense and security moving up in importance, the joint statement said,
"Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) formed under the existing
defense cooperation agreement has been meeting regularly. The two leaders
welcomed the decision taken during the latest round of JDCC held in New Delhi
in December 2017 to conduct the first bilateral naval exercise during 2018."
This is the first time Indian Navy will be exercising in the Gulf, going beyond
the Arabian Sea. Modi told his audience that India aspired to assume leadership
position in Artificial Intelligence, nanotechnology, cyber security and cloud