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PM Modi's Visit to the UAE

At a time when the West Asian region is in the throes of instability, and is plagued by extremist activity, it is critical for India to cement its ties with the region's major players, and Modi's UAE visit was a good start, writes Deepti Mahajan Mittal for South Asia Monitor.

 

Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to the UAE was the first by an Indian PM to the country in 34 years. The visit stands out against a pattern of mild neglect the region has experienced in terms of Indian strategic thinking for decades.

 

Narendra Modi’s ‘Look West’ Policy, unveiled in the India-UAE Joint statement, will succeed because West Asia is ‘looking East’ worried about the emerging strategic instability in its own neighbourhood and the structural shift in the global energy market.

 

Scurity, terrorism take precedence over diplomacy in driving India’s interests.

 

Joint Statement During Modi Visit Reflects Changed Geopolitical Realities India made a big move in its West Asia strategy on Monday , while the UAE took a decisive step away from its traditional close relationship with Pakistan to line up with India.

 

The announcement of a strategic partnership between India and the United Arab Emirates is being seen as a significant elevation of ties as well as a sign of India’s shift in the region. 

 

India made a big move in its West Asia strategy on Monday , while the UAE took a decisive step away from its traditional close relationship with Pakistan to line up with India.

 

In the Gulf, Delhi’s focus remained riveted on coping with the challenges of growing energy dependence on the region and managing the export of its expatriate labour.

 

For chef, entrepreneur and TV host Sanjeev Kapoor, the tall order of serving the Indian PM put him on a plane, headed for Abu Dhabi, where a five-course meal was to be served at a private dinner hosted by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (Adia) in honour of the Indian PM’s arrival.

 

On the second day of his trip to the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said a resurgent and decisive India is now a land of possibilities as he invited the investors, businessmen and Non-Resident Indians in the Gulf to the country.

 


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