Indian ministry of defence announced on Saturday that four Indian Navy's Western Fleet warships have entered the waters of Dubai to participate in professional interactions with the local Naval forces in order to strengthen bilateral ties. A statement issued by the ministry today said that warships named Deepak, Delhi, Tabar and Trishul of the Indian navy's Mumbai headquartered Western Fleet will remain in Dubai waters until September 8 adding that professional interactions with the defence forces of the host naval forces are planned in addition to social engagements to deepen co-operation and understanding between the Navies.
The ministry said in its statement: "India has an ancient maritime tradition and maritime interaction with the Gulf countries that dates back (a long time). Present day Indian Navy has close and friendly ties with all navies in the Gulf and has been regularly exercising with many of them." It added: "The Indian Navy is also privileged to provide training and hydrographic support to several navies in the region. The involvement of Indian Naval ships in combating piracy off the coast of Somalia since October 2008 has further strengthened bilateral ties and interaction with navies in the region." It further said that the bilateral ties between India and the UAE is long standing as both the countries have signed a number of pacts and agreements on "extradition, mutual legal assistance in criminal and civil matters, judicial cooperation in civil and commercial matters, combating trafficking in narcotics, civil aviation, cultural exchange and information cooperation."
The announcement has come following the visit of UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to India accompanied by a high level delegation comprising government officials and leaders from various industries. During the two-day visit, which concluded on Friday, a number of agreements to deepen strategic ties between the two countries and improving economic and investment activities were signed.