Arab and India to enhance cooperation to promote tourism

Arab and India to enhance cooperation to promote tourism

The Third Senior Officials Meeting of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum took place via video conference recently, where they discussed ways and means to enhance cooperation in the framework of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum in the field of tourism and culture among other things.

The Meeting was co-chaired by Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV&OIA), and Ambassador Mohamed Abu Al-Kheir, Assistant Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of Egypt to the League of Arab States.

The Senior Officials hailed the strong foundation, great potential, and wide-ranging prospect for Arab-India cooperation, and the role that the Forum can play to advance Arab-India relations towards capacious horizons.

The Senior Officials discussed issues of mutual concern on both regional and international levels, emphasizing the importance of strengthening cooperation and coordination mechanisms between the two sides.

They stressed that the exceptional circumstances and unprecedented challenges that the world faces due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic require the need to strengthen international and regional cooperation to confront the consequences of this pandemic, including in areas of conflict and crises.

In that context, they discussed ongoing collaboration between India and the Arab States in the fields of diagnostics and treatment and exchanged views on respective national approaches to post-Covid economic recovery.

They agreed on the early scheduling of the joint activities of the Forum, including the 3rd Session of Arab-India Cultural Festival, the Symposium on Arab-India Cooperation in the field of Energy, the 1st Arab-India University Presidents Conference, the 2nd Symposium on Arab-India Cooperation in the field of Media, and the 6th Session of Arab-India Partnership Conference.

They’re also looking forward to holding the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of the Arab-India Cooperation Forum, in India.

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