UAE climate change minister meets Indian PM Modi

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UAE climate change minister meets Indian PM Modi

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit.


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Published: Sat 19 Jan 2019, 6:55 PM

Last updated: Sat 19 Jan 2019, 8:57 PM

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met with Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr Ahmed Al Banna, UAE Ambassador to India. They explored prospects for further cooperation between the UAE and India, building on the strong existing ties between the two countries, and discussed ways to facilitate cross-pollination of successful experiences.
The meeting took place on the sidelines of the ninth edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit that drew the participation of a high-level UAE delegation, led by Dr Al Zeyoudi.
In his keynote address at the Summit's inauguration ceremony, Dr Al Zeyoudi said: "The UAE and India enjoy long-standing and cordial relations across multiple fronts. Backed by the political and people-to-people interactions, bilateral trade continued to soar despite global headwinds. Valued at $180 million per annum in the 1970s, the balance of trade volume between India and the UAE is now worth $57 billion, making India the largest trading partner of the UAE, while the UAE is India's third largest trading partner - after China and the US. 2018 saw a flurry of investments by UAE companies in India, and the UAE-India relationship has entered a vibrant growth phase with bilateral trade on track to exceed $100 billion by 2020."
Dr Al Zeyoudi noted that the UAE hosts the largest Indian expatriate community in the world, comprising more than 3.3 million people. Members of the Indian community in the UAE have helped the Indian economy flourish through their hard-earned remittances. The UAE is currently the largest source of remittances to India that amounted to an astounding $13.82 billion in 2017.
He added: "As we look back at our achievements, they energize us and give us the confidence that a lot more can be done together. We aspire to see the trajectory of the UAE-India ties continue to soar, entering new areas of cooperation and dynamism."
At the Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade Show, held on the sidelines of the summit, Dr Al Zeyoudi, accompanied by Dr Al Banna, inaugurated the UAE pavilion and viewed the products on display.
Dr Al Zeyoudi also participated in the UAE Country Seminar, one of the events on the summit's agenda, where he highlighted the UAE's appeal as a global business destination.

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