Of India & UAE ties....

India and the United Arab Emirates have elevated their ties to comprehensive strategic partnership and announced measures to counter global and cross-border terror.
A joint statement by the two in New Delhi on Friday also indirectly hit out at Pakistan by pointing out that it is the responsibility of all states to control the activities of the “non-state actors“ and curb all support to terrorists on their soil.
Combating international terror was a key item on the agenda of discussions when Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the UAE's deputy commander of armed forces Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Delhi on Thursday evening.
“They further deplored efforts by countries to give religious and sectarian colour to political issues and pointed out the responsibility of all states to control the activities of the so-called `non-state actors', and to cut all support to terrorists operating and perpetrating terrorism from their territories against other states,“ the joint statement said.
The statement was issued on Friday as the Crown Prince proceeded to Mumbai for the commercial leg of the visit.

These assertions come in the aftermath of the Pathankot terrorist attack that India has said was carried out from Pakistani territory. The UAE was among the countries that came out in India's support within hours of the attack.
The two sides deplored “the use of double standards in addressing the menace of international terrorism and agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system“, the statement said.
Continuing with the understanding reached during Modi's trip to the UAE in August last year, the two sides also “reiterated their condemnation for efforts, including by states, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries, or to use terrorism as instrument of state policy“. Modi and Al-Nahyan, in this context, urged the international community to strengthen international and multilateral regimes to address the challenges posed by terrorism, and not to allow political considerations stand in the way of their implementation.
With a view to ensuring that the cyberspace remains a safe and secure space which is not used as a medium to promote subversive and extremist ideologies, India and the UAE agreed to cooperate on sharing technical best practices in the field of information and communications technologies as part of their cybersecurity cooperation.
The statement shows that the UAE is emerging as a key counter-terror partner for India despite its traditional warm ties with Pakistan. Al Nahyan's visit came in the backdrop of the UAE handing over three Indian IS sympathisers to India last week, taking the total number of IS-radicalised youth deported by the Gulf country here since last year to a dozen. These men are believed to be members of the Abu Dhabi module of the IS.
India and the UAE had announced a comprehensive counter-terror partnership during Prime Minister Modi's trip to the UAE last year, with intelligence and information sharing as its cornerstones. Al Nahyan is regarded as his country's key interlocutor on counter-terror initiatives.

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