On the occasion of his upcoming visit to the UAE, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has issued the following statement: “On 16th August, I begin my visit to the United Arab Emirates. This will be the first Prime Ministerial visit in 34 years.
The UAE is a valued partner and the extent of our ties indicate the vibrant relations India and UAE enjoy – India is the UAE’s 2nd largest trading partner and the UAE is India’s 3rd largest trade partner. There are over 2.5 million Indians who are residents of the UAE. They have contributed immensely to the progress of UAE and also given back to India at every occasion. India and the UAE are fantastically connected, be it via air or through the sea.
“The economic strides taken by the UAE are extremely admirable. The UAE is a global economic success story that has attracted people from all over the world. The UAE has also emerged as an important logistics hub. The UAE and India’s strong partnership goes back several years. Both are multicultural societies that respect and celebrate plurality and diversity.
The Prime Minister went on to say that during his visit, he seeks to enhance cooperation in both energy and trade, and will talk to investors on why India is an attractive destination in which to invest. “I am certain my visit will boost people-to-people ties between our nations.
“I specially look forward to meeting the large community of Indian workers based in the UAE. No words will be enough to appreciate their hard work and sweat over the last many years.
“I will hold extensive talks with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Vice President Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, whose enlightened visions and farsightedness have taken the UAE to new heights of development.