Narendra Modi holds talk with Crown Prince

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (August 17) held talks with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on key issues of security and trade even as the two sides looked at elevating the ties to the strategic level. Apart from key bilateral issues, the two leaders also discussed situation in the region, particularly in wake of the increasing threat of terrorism and extremism from various sources including the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). During the talks at the ‘Emirates Palace’ hotel where Modi is staying, the two sides emphasised on expanding engagement between the two countries, holding that there was a huge untapped opportunities to step up economic cooperation. After the meeting, the Crown Prince also hosted a lunch for Modi. Modi, who arrived here yesterday in first visit by an Indian Prime Minister in 34 years, had made it clear that he wants UAE to be India’s foremost partner in countering terrorism and trade. According to officials, the talks included “indepth discussion” on how cooperation could be increased in meeting the common challenge of terrorism. They also explored possible way to increase commercial ties as part of comprehensive strategic partnership.

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