UAE-India bilateral relations reach new heights

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, the ties between the two nations have strengthened considerably. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement signed between India and the United Arab Emirates on February 19, 2022 to boost trade to $100 billion over the next five years is a milestone that will open doors for more exchanges of capital financial, technological and human, in the future

The ties between the United Arab Emirates and India have grown considerably over the past few years, thanks to the continuous efforts of the leaders of the two countries. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the United Arab Emirates in over 30 years. This was followed by the visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to New Delhi in 2016 as a guest of honor during the celebrations. Indian Republic Day.

Since then, the two countries have strengthened their ties in key areas such as economy, trade and culture, among others. With a shared economic vision and geopolitical perspective, India-UAE relations have stretched beyond horizons. Both partners continue to work to strengthen cooperation in many areas of mutual interest, including investment, education, health, defense and technology.

Economy: growing links

On February 19 this year, the United Arab Emirates and India signed a crucial trade agreement to expand economic ties between the two countries and boost trade to $100 billion over the next five years. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which is expected to come into force in May, was inaugurated during a virtual meeting between Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

In a recent media interview, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi hailed the free trade agreement between the two countries as a comprehensive deal that will go beyond relations commercial. CEPA would open doors to a variety of exchanges of financial, technological and human capital, he noted.

The pact also aims to create 10 lakh jobs in labor-intensive sectors in the two countries, including footwear, textiles, looms, jewelry and leather, as well as boost exports to the UAE market from India.

The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, during their meeting in the United Arab Emirates in 2015

Let’s stand together to face conflicts

During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution against Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, India called for resolving the issue through dialogue and diplomacy.
“India urges all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States,” the Permanent Representative of India said. India to the UN, TS Tirumurti.

Expressing India’s views, the UAE also urged all parties to the Ukraine dispute to exercise restraint, defuse and resolve the crisis through dialogue and diplomatic means.
“The United Arab Emirates is following the ongoing events in Ukraine with great concern and expresses its firm position on the need to de-escalate and find a peaceful solution to the crisis between the parties concerned, as well as on the need to support efforts aimed at to launch avenues of dialogue and enhanced diplomatic action at all levels to support the prospects for peace, ensure the restoration of stability and security and pave the way for the necessary political solutions, with a view to the return to normality said the permanent representative of the United Arab Emirates to the UN, Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Jarman.

In addition, the UAE and India sent essential humanitarian aid consisting of medical equipment, medicine and other relief materials to crisis-hit Ukraine via Poland.
“Sending medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Ukraine is part of the United Arab Emirates’ unwavering commitment to addressing critical humanitarian needs in conflicts involving civilians, especially women and children, and to providing all possible assistance in a worrying humanitarian situation,” said Salem A Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Ukraine.

War against Covid-19

The UAE and India have worked hand in hand to overcome the repercussions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic across the world. At a time when India was grappling with an increase in Covid-19 cases, the United Arab Emirates extended its heartfelt support and sent a special shipment with medical aid including ventilators, two-way positive pressure airway levels (BiPAP) and other medical supplies in India.

In 2020, the two sides agreed to an “air bubble arrangement” to facilitate the movement of people between the two countries despite Covid-19 concerns.
These efforts have strengthened the friendly relations shared by the two countries and strengthened the commitment to support each other through the challenges posed by internal and external factors.

Celebrating the Indian community in the UAE

With over 3.50 million Indians living in the Emirates, the UAE is home to one of the largest Indian communities in the world. Narendra Modi expressed India’s faith and admiration towards the leadership of the United Arab Emirates for their constant support to Indians during difficult times such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, the leaders of the United Arab Emirates have appreciated the massive contribution of the Indian community to the growth and development of the country.

In preserving India’s linguistic and cultural diversity, the Emirates community organizes social and cultural programs and activities in which all sections of the Indian community actively participate.

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