Community gears up to welcome Patil

The Indian community, cultural and social centres are well-prepared to welcome Indian President Pratibha Patil who arrives today on a five-day official UAE visit.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Sun 21 Nov 2010, 9:32 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:05 PM

According to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the accompanying delegation along with Patil include Parliament members Mausam Noor, KE Ismail, Vijay Bahadur Singh and Madhavsinh Solanki, and Dr Christy Fernandez, secretary to the President.

Indian ambassador to the UAE, MK Lokesh said in a statement that the visit of Pratibha Patil to the UAE is yet another historic chapter in India-UAE relations. “The UAE is India’s extended neighbourhood with which we share fraternal relations.

“We have influenced each other culturally, economically and socially and benefitted from this interaction for many centuries. Therefore, our relations in the contemporary world are based on strong fundamentals enabling our partnership to assume strategic level,” the ambassador said.

“The presence of the large Indian community, which is peacefully and productively engaged in this country, has been a positive element in cementing our close ties. The visit of the President comes at a time when both the countries are strengthening their role in regional and global issues, especially in the economic, security, energy and environmental sectors,” the envoy said.

They have a substantive role to play in sustaining the global economic recovery. Our evolving partnership will prove to be a stabilising factor for the region and its economy. The visit of the President will provide further momentum to our time-tested relations and enable us to consolidate and expand the diverse links that nurture our relations, Lokesh said.

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