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UAE, India ask countries to cut “all support” to militant groups

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Deciding to expand cooperation in combating terrorism, India and the UAE on Friday came out strongly against use of terror as an “instrument of state policy” and asked countries to cut “all support” to militant groups operating from their soil.

Without naming any country, both sides, in a joint statement, also condemned use of religion to justify, support and sponsor terrorism while expressing concern over radicalisation and religious intolerance. They said nations must control activities of ‘non-state actors’.

On trade, a major aspect of bilateral ties, the statement, issued a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan held extensive talks, said UAE will ramp up investment in diverse sectors in India including railways, petroleum, roads, ports and shipping.

It said both leaders looked forward to the early signing of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement to further expand ties and resolved to build on the momentum by pursuing collaboration in trade and investment, security and defence, energy and climate change among others.

The talks produced “far-reaching cooperation”, Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs said. The two sides also agreed to bolster strategic ties by continuing to work closely on a range of security issues, particularly on counter-terrorism, maritime security, and cyber-security, the statement said.

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