After the official three-day visit of UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, India has confirmed its strategic partnership with UAE.
Earlier on Monday, Sheikh Abdullah met Dr S Jaishankar, his Indian counterpart and Indian External Affairs Minister. Jaishankar hosted a dinner in honor of the minister who met the Prime Minister on Tuesday and the two planned to broaden co-operation in key sectors of trade and energy.
The Foreign Minister conveyed greetings of the President and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister in turn extended his gratitude to the them for the warmth and hospitality that they bestowed on him on his previous visits to UAE.
The ties between the two countries have been on an upswing in the last few years. In August 2015, PM Narendra Modi visited the UAE during which the two countries decided to elevate their relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had visited India during February, 2016 and in January, 2017 when he was the Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations. Also, Modi visited UAE in 2018.
In a recent tweet, Modi reiterated his strong commitment to work with the UAE leadership and to take their relationship to higher levels in all spheres of cooperation, including trade and economy, energy, tourism and people-to-people contacts.
UAE is the first country to participate in India’s ‘Strategic Petroleum Reserves’ programme. It is considered as the second home of a strong 3.3 million Indian community which is the largest in Gulf region. It is also India’s third-largest trade partner and fourth-largest energy supplier.