Dharmendra Pradhan holds bilateral meeting with UAE Energy Minister

Dharmendra Pradhan holds bilateral meeting with UAE Energy Minister

Submitted by Subeditor on Wed, 2016-02-10 20:05 New Delhi: Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural GasDharmendra Pradhan held bilateral meeting with Minister for Energy of UAE Suhail Mohammed Al Mazrouei here today. Mazrouei is in India, a day ahead of the state visit of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. During the meeting, Pradhan called the India-UAE bilateral relations as a time tested engagement. He expressed happiness that India and the UAE have enjoyed warm, close and multifaceted relations for centuries. He said that there was a mutual aspiration between both countries to develop a closer partnership and that there are several bilateral institutional mechanisms, covering various facets of bilateral relations that are helping both countries fulfill this aspiration. He recalled the successful and landmark visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to UAE in August last year, saying that it had set an example of growing engagement between the two nations. Both Ministers discussed areas of mutual interest to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector. Pradhan highlighted that cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon was an important element of India-UAE bilateral relationship and noted that nearly eight percent of India's petroleum products were sourced from UAE. Pradhan conveyed that as Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, it is his earnest endeavour to boost trade and investment in the hydrocarbon sector between the two countries. He emphasized that there exists a lot of untapped potential and expressed confidence that India-UAE bilateral hydrocarbon linkages will grow in the coming years. While there were no upstream engagements by any Indian E