Union Cabinet approves MoU between ISRO and United Arab Emirates Space Agency
The Union Cabinet has approved Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) for cooperation in the exploration and user of outer space for peaceful purposes.
Decision in this regard was taken by Union Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
The MoU seek to set up a Joint Working Group with members from ISRO and UAESA. It will further work out the plan of action including the time-frame and the means of implementing the MoU.
During the visit of Prime Minister of India to UAE in August 2015, promoting space cooperation between both countries was highlighted. It was also discussed earlier at the 11th meeting of India-UAE Joint Commission for Economic and Technical Cooperation held at New Delhi in September 2015. Subsequently, ISRO and UAESA had signed MoU in New Delhi in February 2016 considering their mutual interest in expanding the applications of space technology for peaceful purposes.