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INDIA UAE BILATERAL DEFENCE COOPERATION

1. Bilateral Defence Interaction between India and UAE has been steadily growing in consonance with other aspects of the bilateral relationship. There have been regular high level exchanges at the level of Service Chiefs, functional level exchanges and military education exchanges between the countries. The ships of the Navies of both countries have regularly made port calls enhancing bilateral defence co-operation. India and UAE hold an Annual Defence Dialogue to discuss the security and defence co-operation issues between the two countries.

2. Defence co-operation between the two countries is steered through a Joint Defence Co-operation Committee (JDCC) at the Ministry level and Naval Staff Talks at the HQ level which identified new areas of co-operation between the two nations. A permanent resident Defence Adviser (DA) has been posted to this Mission with effect from March 2013. After the establishment of the DA’s office, bilateral defence co-operation has been strengthened further, notably in the field of defence training and regular exchange programmes.

3. Visit of Commander UAE Land Forces to India in Nov 2006, the visit of Indian Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) in Jan 2007 and participation by Commander Naval Forces (CNF), UAE in the IONS-2008 meet in New Delhi were major steps in furthering the relationship. Indian Air Force (IAF) participated in an exercise with the UAE Air Force (UAEAF) in Sep 2008. CNS visited UAE for IONS-2009. There have been goodwill visits of Indian Naval Ships to the UAE too. Three Indian Ships, INS TEER, INS KRISHNA and Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) VEER visited the UAE ports in March 2011. ICGS SAMUDRA PRAHIRI made a port call in Feb 2013 (during IDEX-2013).

4. CNS was on a goodwill visit to UAE in April 2013. Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command visited UAE in Sep 2013 to further strengthen the Naval co-operation. INS MYSORE, INS TABAR, INS TARKASH and INS ADITYA were also on port call to UAE in Sep 2013. A delegation from National Defence College of India visited UAE as a part of Strategic Neighbourhood Study tour in Sep 2013. India also sent a representational JS level delegation to Dubai Air Show 2013. Greater interaction between the armed forces of both countries is under progress.