Secretary General of the League of Arab States, H.E. Dr. Nabil Elaraby, paid an Official Visit to India, at the invitation of Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid, from 16-18 December 2013.
During the visit, Dr. Nabil Elaraby met with Hon’ble Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari and Hon’ble External Affairs Minister Shri Salman Khurshid and exchanged views on a wide gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest including Syria and the Middle East Peace Process.
The new Memorandum of Cooperation between India and the League of Arab States and the new Executive Programme for the years 2014-15 were signed during the visit. These documents are aimed at imparting fresh momentum to the institutional links by providing for a structured engagement between India and the 22-member Arab States at the senior official and ministerial levels. It also envisages cooperation in diverse areas like trade & investment, energy, small and medium enterprises, culture, capacity building, etc.
India and the Arab world share deep historical, cultural and civilizational links. The shared belief in anti-colonialism and south-south cooperation together with the staunch commitment to achieve, preserve and enhance international peace and security through dialogue and consultation forms the basic framework of the cooperation.
December 17, 2013
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