The UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs leading senior delegation for six-day trip to India
Sheikh Abdullah to meet with Indian Prime Minister to help strengthen UAE partnership
The UAE's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will meet with the Indian Prime Minister to help further bolster ties between the two nations.
India has expressed confidence that the visit of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will boost the "Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" in place with the UAE.
Sheikh Abdullah is leading a senior-level delegation tour of the country, from June 24 until June 30, taking in engagements in several Indian states alongside the official programme in New Delhi.
During the visit, Sheikh Abdullah will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and hold official talks with External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj. He will also be meeting several Indian cabinet ministers, Governors and Chief Ministers of the States, according to the announcement.
Raveesh Kumar, Joint Secretary and Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, recalled three successful visits by Sheikh Abdullah to India since 2015.
Kumar pointed out that Prime Minister Modi had visited the UAE in August 2015 when the two countries decided to elevate their relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
"The Prime Minister had another successful visit to UAE in February, 2018," he said.
The Ministry of External Affairs asserted that "India and the UAE enjoy warm, close and multi-faceted relations underpinned by historic, cultural, religious and economic linkages. The UAE is India’s third-largest trading partner and sixth-largest supplier of our energy needs.
"Several significant developments have taken place recently including awarding of a ten percent stake to an Indian consortium in the Lower Zakum offshore field, the UAE's participation in India's strategic petroleum reserves, investments made by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority in infrastructure and increasing engagements in energy, food security, logistics and space."