UAE NEWS: India, UAE relations are on the rise in 2020

Growing relations between the two countries are evident in two high-profile missions from India – Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in November and Commander-in-Chief General M M Naravane in December.

The traditional relations between the UAE and India were further strengthened in 2020 with their top leaders holding regular talks to strengthen cooperation on both sides, regionally and internationally during the post-Covid period, including the welfare of the large Indian Gulf State community.

Growing relations between the two countries are evident in two high-profile missions from India – Foreign Minister S Jaishankar in November and Commander-in-Chief General M M Naravane in December.

Jaishankar met with the top leadership of the UAE, focusing on strengthening cooperation in various spheres of its deepest partnership including trade, investment, infrastructure, energy, food security and defense.

He has held high-level meetings with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the Governor of Dubai who is also the Prime Minister and Deputy President of the UAE Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

The two sides also discussed the possibility of economic cooperation between India and the UAE in the post-Covid-19 era and the situation facing both countries.

India’s concern for the welfare of 3.3 million Indians living in the UAE, especially during the Covid-19 epidemic, was one of the key points during the talks.

Jaishankar thanked Sheikh Mohammed for taking care of the Indian community, stressing that India has been a reliable partner of the UAE in every way during this difficult time.

He also confirmed the beads of the Indian government’s response to issues related to the norm after Covid.

Naravane’s visit to the UAE was a milestone as it was the first time he had become the head of the Indian army in the country.

He met with the Commander-in-Chief of the International Labor and Armed Forces in the UAE Major General Saleh Mohammed Saleh Al Ameri and discussed key issues of mutual benefit and security cooperation. The trip is expected to continue to open up new avenues for cooperation in the defense and security sector.

Indians make up about 30 percent of the country’s population. Earlier in March, the Crown Prince reassured Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the health and safety of the Indian community during the epidemic as the leaders exchanged information on views of the Covid-19 epidemic, the situation in their countries, and the steps their governments are taking to address the situation.

Jaishankar, who has a special interest in bilateral relations with India and the UAE, said: “This relationship where the highest leadership in both countries has invested in kindness and strength. Because of this, you can see the change in the last five years. “Relations between India and the UAE are getting stronger over the past few years and the leaders of the two countries have been holding regular rallies this year to strengthen them further in the post-Covid period, especially economically.

With a strong flow of bilateral investment and international trade of about USD 60 billion, the UAE is the third largest partner in India. An influential Gulf nation and a major supplier of crude oil to India.

India has also invited other investment from the UAE to key sectors of the Indian economy such as infrastructure including logistics, food parks, highways, ports, airports, renewable energy and defense.

In September, the Consulate General of India, Dubai, and Tea Board India jointly organized a real B2B Meet to promote Indian tea in the UAE.

While the epidemic is wreaking havoc around the world, it has provided an opportunity for both countries to get closer and extend a hand to each other to overcome the problem.

In May, the UAE sent seven tons of medical drugs to India to intensify its fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.

“UAE assistance to India comes in recognition of the deep and fraternal relations that our two countries have shared over the years,” said UAE Ambassador to India Ahmed Abdul Rahman AlBanna.

India has repatriated 84,497 of its citizens from the UAE under the Vande Bharat Mission, the country’s largest repatriation operation in the wake of the epidemic.

The UAE is also one of the countries where India has made arrangements for bubble air to fly flights during the epidemic.

India has also embraced the “absolute familiarity” of the obligations between the UAE and Israel, its key agreements, under a historic peace treaty struck by the US, confirming its continued support for peace, stability and development in West Asia.

From India’s point of view, the familiarity of UAE-Israeli communications has begun to bear fruit.

On December 14, it was announced that the International Federation of the Indo-Israel Chambers of Commerce (IFIICC) was introduced in the UAE to boost relations between the Indian diaspora and Israel.

As India were looking for a place to play in the Indian Premier League due to the Covid-19 situation, strong ties between the two countries were reaffirmed with the UAE playing in the popular cricket season and eight star-studded teams playing 60 games for nearly two months in the country.

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