UAE and India: Ties that bind

UAE-India ties get deeper and stronger

Mustafa Al Zarooni and Sunita Menon/New Delhi
Filed on February 12, 2016 | Last updated on February 12, 2016 at 09.42 am
UAE-India ties get deeper and stronger
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shares a light moment with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 11, 2016.


UAE and India sign seven key agreements.

When two countries shift gears in their relationship, the bonhomie is for all to see. It continued on Thursday, the second day of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit to India when the UAE and New Delhi signed seven agreements on cyber security, infrastructure investment, renewable energy, currency swaps, insurance, culture and skill development. Another pact is expected to be signed on Friday

UAE-India ties get deeper and stronger (KT5261211.JPG)

The camaraderie was evident from the moment the jet carrying the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces touched down in the Indian capital on Wednesday.

The Big Change

Dr Anwar MohammedGargash, Minister of Statefor Foreign Affairs, said ties
between India and the UAEare "central, important and positive". "we are neighbours, we are a continent which is moving forward economically and politically," he said. He said the two sides are talking to each other on all
issues, nothing is off the table. "Now I hear in a candid voice from the Indian leadership on how India feels, and they hear. They hear directly from me candidly what we feel, rather than hear it through a third source. This is an essential change.

This was not the time and place for protocol and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at hand to receive him and his high-level delegation.

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On Thursday the two sides were in a hurry to get down to the process of implementation of several agreements that were signed during the Indian PM's visit to the UAE last August.

Shaikh Mohammed and Modi later held talks at the Indian PM's residence on the status of the agreements. The two leaders discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest. "We have passed a milestone in our bilateral relationship,'' said Shaikh Mohammed.


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