Jayashankar has had extensive discussions here with Al-Hajraf, who is on his first official visit to India on November 10-11, 2021.
“A detailed review of India-GCC relations with Secretary General @GCCSG Dr. Al-Hazraf. We have discussed growing political, trade and investment relations. The next India-GCC troika has agreed to expedite political dialogue,” Jayashankar tweeted.
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He also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The two leaders recalled the historic and friendly India-GCC relations, which have seen strong progress in recent years, and discussed in detail the relationship as well as ways to further improve it, the foreign ministry said in a statement.
The GCC Secretary General appreciated the contribution of the Indian community in the Gulf countries and said that the GCC wanted India to be a partner in economic growth.
According to the MEA, Jayashankar thanked the GCC countries for taking care of the large number of Indian expatriates in their country during the Covid-19 epidemic and during the second wave of medical aid provided to India in April-May 2021.
The Minister also briefed the Secretary-General on India’s progress in the immunization program and expressed satisfaction with the India-GCC cooperation in addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by the epidemic.
Jayashankar hoped to ease the GCC countries’ restrictions on mutual recognition of air travel and vaccination certificates from India. The statement said.
The two leaders also discussed trade and investment between India and the GCC and expressed satisfaction that the essential trade between India and the GCC continued even during the Covid Lockdown.
Both sides agreed on the need to secure more supply chains, including in the areas of energy security, food security and healthcare, the MEA said.
Jayashankar highlights India’s attraction as a destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in GCC countries, including sovereign wealth funds, it says.
The EAM and GCC Secretary-General also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Jayashankar congratulated the Secretary-General for his constructive role in enhancing stability and prosperity in the region.
Both sides have decided to call for the next India-GCC Troika to start on the date of political dialogue. The last round of dialogue was held in November 2020.
The two sides agreed to further institutionalize the annual meetings between the EAM and the GCC Troika by signing a memorandum of understanding in the coming months, the statement said.
Al-Hazraf will hold talks with Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goel on Thursday.