February 17th Issue

India – U.A.E: Leaning in

India and the UAE must address the challenges in their relationship by S. Venkat Narayan Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally greeted him at the airport—the third dignitary honored in such a way after U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The visit on February 10 signaled the strong ties between both countries. Modi himself was in Abu Dhabi last August, where he was received by the crown prince at the airport. The last Indian prime ministerial visit to the UAE had been in 1981. “India is a regional force with leverage, and Indian-Emirati relations are witnessing a promising spring. What is new now is the coordination and cooperation on the strategic level which further enhances this relation,” UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash told the press corps at the sidelines of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed’s visit. Nearly 2.6 million Indians live and work in the UAE, and both countries are each other’s top trade p (Read More)

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