India and the UAE have a “shared interest” in combating terror and this brings the two nations closer, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Mohammed Gargash said on Wednesday.
The minister was delivering a lecture on ‘Strategic Relations between India and UAE and the Crisis in the Middle East’, organised by the Observer Research Foundation.
His remarks came days after the Gulf nation handed over Farooq Takla, wanted in 1993 Mumbai blast case, to India.
Gargash said the element of “strategic component” has been added to the relationship of the two countries that have been witnessing an upswing in ties in key sectors of defence, trade and energy.
“It is only strategic direction that allows us to be successful. It is only (because of) the strategic direction that an oil concession is being granted to an Indian company in UAE.
“And in many many other areas, whether we move in space, nuclear energy, defence technology, cyber technology (the element of strategic partnership will be there),” he said.