Abu Dhabi, Dec 4 : India and the UAE Tuesday signed two agreements, including one on currency swap, as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held exhaustive discussions with her counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed to step up bilateral cooperation in areas like security, defence, counter-terrorism, trade and energy.

Swaraj, who arrived here on Monday on a two-day visit, was received by Abdullah ahead of the UAE-India Joint Commission Meeting here.

"Advancing the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership...EAM @SushmaSwaraj & Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan co-chaired 12th India-UAE #JCM. Held exhaustive discussions on cooperation in energy, security, trade, investments, space, defence & consular, among others," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

This is the 12th session of the India-UAE Joint Commission Meeting for Economic and Technical Cooperation.

"Institutional mechanisms guiding the multifaceted cooperation...Two documents signed during the visit of EAM @SushmaSwaraj to #UAE : Agreement on Currency Swap and MoU for Development Cooperation in Africa," Kumar tweeted.

Currency Swap is such a pact between two countries that allows trading in their own currency and payments to import and export trade at pre-determined exchange rate without bringing in a third benchmark currency like the US dollars.

The second agreement would enable both sides to undertake development projects in Africa.

"Reinforcing the strong bonds of friendship...The ministers looked forward to continuing the trend to strengthen & seek partnership in new areas," Kumar tweeted.

Later, an MEA official said the two leaders discussed several areas of mutual interests including defence, security, counter-terrorism, trade, economic, energy, science and technology, and civil aviation among others.

They identified several new areas of cooperation, the official said.

Following the meeting, the two leaders signed and adopted the agreed minutes of the JCM, Kumar said. Swaraj also called on Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the pace of the bilateral relations in a range of areas, attesting to the two countries comprehensive strategic partnership, Kumar said.

With nearly USD 50 billion bilateral trade, the two countries are one of the largest trade partners for each other and have made robust investments bilaterally. The UAE is the sixth-largest source of Indian oil imports and hosts a 3.3 million-strong Indian community.

Swaraj and Abdullah also jointly inaugurated a digital interactive museum showcasing the life, works and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi and the founder of modern UAE Shaikh Zayed.

The Gandhi-Zayed Digital Museum, which will promote peace, tolerance and sustainability, is part of the celebrations by the two countries to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and centenary celebrations of the birth of Shaikh Zayed.

Later in the evening, Swaraj interacted with the Indian community and appreciated their contribution in enhancing relations with the UAE.

UAE hosts a 33 lakh-strong Indian community the largest number of Indians outside India.

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Shahjahanpur (UP), Aug 11: A woman allegedly killed her husband and buried him in their house following a quarrel, police said on Thursday.

However, the woman told the police that her husband died by suicide.

According to the FIR in the case, Govind, a resident of Khamaria village under the Gadiya Rangan police station, had a fight with his wife Shilpi on August 7 after which she killed him, dug a pit in the house and buried him there.

The matter came to light only after a foul smell started emanating from the house. Thereafter, locals informed the mother of the deceased who lived in Nashik, Maharashtra police said.

Police have taken the body into their possession, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sanjeev Bajpai said.

During preliminary interrogation, the woman told the police that her husband was a habitual drinker and a fight had taken place between them on Sunday, he said.

The woman said she went to sleep on the terrace of the house and her husband slept downstairs. In the night, he hanged himself, Bajpai said.

The woman said she got scared and dug a pit in the house and buried the body there, he said.

The body has been sent for post-mortem and the matter is being investigated, police said.