Dubai: Senior Indian and UAE officials met on Monday to hammer out the agenda for the 10th Session of the India-UAE Joint Commission for Technical and Economic cooperation.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will co-chair the session of the commission with his counterpart Sheikh Abdullah.

Krishna will be leading a 20-member delegation consisting of senior officials from a large number of ministries.

The UAE delegation will be led by the Foreign Minister of the UAE.

Sanjay Singh, Secretary for East Division, Ministry of External Affairs, and head of the Indian official delegation, called the India-UAE ties as "strong" especially in areas such as trade and investment.

He affirmed that joint meetings between top Emirati and Indian officials underpin the firm common resolve to push these bonds for greater cooperation and coordination.

The committee will explore ways of enhancing bilateral relations in diverse sectors such as trade, investment, energy, transport, communications, telecommunications, oil and gas, and consular affairs.

UAE and India maintain brisk trade relations with two-way trade exchange reaching USD 62 billion in 2010-2011.

The head of the UAEs official delegation, Assistant Foreign Minister for UAE Economic Affairs, Khaled Ghanem Al Ghaith highlighted the close ties between India and the UAE.

He expressed the hope that these meetings would open up new avenues for broader cooperation between the two friendly countries.