India, Arab League agree to deepen cooperation in fight against terrorism

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New Delhi:

India and the Arab League states on Tuesday pledged to boost trade and investment, and also stressed the need to deepen cooperation in the fight against terrorism as well as to ensure freedom of navigation and maritime security. .

The third meeting of senior officials of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum was conducted by videoconference and was co-chaired by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV and OIA), and Ambassador Mohamed Abu Al-Kheir, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Representative permanent representative of Egypt with the League. of the Arab States.

The senior officials recalled the historical and civilizational ties that exist between the Arab world and India and highlighted the contribution of trade and cultural ties to unite the two sides, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

They praised the solid foundations, the great potential and the very diverse perspectives of Arab-Indian cooperation, as well as the role that the Forum can play in advancing Arab-Indian relations towards broad horizons.

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The senior officials discussed issues of mutual interest at the regional and international levels, stressing the importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination mechanisms between the two parties, in a manner that serves mutual interests and maintains peace and harmony. regional and international security, the MEA said.

In this regard, they reaffirmed the need to find political solutions to regional problems and crises in the Middle East, in accordance with the relevant resolutions on international legitimacy and relevant agreements and references, in particular the Palestinian question, the crises in Syria , Libya and Yemen.

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The officials stressed the need for cooperation in combating terrorism and ensuring freedom of navigation and maritime security, in accordance with the principles of international law, the MEA said.

They stressed that the exceptional circumstances and unprecedented challenges facing the world as a result of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic require the need to strengthen international and regional cooperation to address the consequences of this pandemic, including included in conflict and crisis areas.

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In this context, they discussed the ongoing collaboration between India and Arab States in the fields of diagnosis and treatment, and exchanged views on the respective national approaches to post-COVID economic recovery, said the MEA.

The Arab side congratulated India on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for a two-year term (2021-2022), while hoping that India will continue to play a central role on the international arena, especially with regard to regional issues of mutual concern, the statement said.

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The senior officials also discussed ways to enhance cooperation within the framework of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum, including in the areas of economy, trade and investment, energy and environment, agriculture and food security, tourism and culture, human resource development, education and health care, science and technology, and media.

They agreed on the rapid programming of joint activities of the Forum, including the third session of the Arab-Indian Cultural Festival, the Symposium on Arab-Indian Cooperation in Energy Field, the First Conference of Arab University Presidents. -Indian, the second Symposium on Arab-Indian Media Cooperation, and the sixth session of the Arab-Indian Partnership Conference, MEA said.

They looked forward to holding the second ministerial meeting of the Arab-Indian Cooperation Forum in India on a date convenient for both sides, he said.

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