Published On: Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

India, UAE agree to crack down on terrorism; Modi send veiled message to Pakistan

Abu Dhabi: In what could easily be viewed as a major step forward in fighting the global menace of terrorism that had in one or other affected the entire mankind, India and the UAE on Monday agreed to cooperate in cracking down on terrorism and radicalisation.

India and the UAE will enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations

India and the UAE will enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations

The joint statement called on all nations to dismantle terrorism infrastructure where they exist and bring perpetrators of terrorism to justice, in what is being seen as a veiled message to Pakistan that has become the breeding ground for terrorism.

Addressing thousands of cheering Indians here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the India-UAE joint statement was clear in its message “without caring for anyone” to wage a united fight against terrorism.

In a veiled swipe at Pakistan, Modi said that India and the UAE have come out against terrorism, “without any camouflage, in clear terms, without caring for anyone, given a clear message against terrorism”.

In his jibe at Pakistan, Modi said that “those who need to understand will do so” – the message of the joint statement against terrorism.

“Samajhnewale samajh jayengey. Akalmand ko ishara kafi hai,” he said indicating at Pakistan.

In the joint statement, issued after talks between Prime Minister Modi and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed AI Nahyan here, India and the UAE also agreed to promote investment, including 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, including by States, to use religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism against other countries.

Both sides denounce and oppose terrorism in all forms and manifestations, said the joint statement.

India and the UAE call on all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries, it said.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

They agreed to strengthen defence relations, including through regular exercises and cooperation in defence manufacturing.

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

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

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

Later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday night left for India after a two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

“Ila al-liqa UAE! PM @narendramodi departs from Dubai after a breakthrough visit to the United Arab Emirates,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

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