UAE For­eign Min­is­ter to visit In­dia next week

The Pak Banker - - BUSINESS -

NEW DELHI: Days af­ter In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi's visit to the UAE, its For­eign Min­is­ter Shaikh Ab­dul­lah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan will visit In­dia next week to co-chair Joint Com­mis­sion meet­ing with his In­dian coun­ter­part Sushma Swaraj on key is­sues of energy and trade.

The visit of the min­is­ter, who will be ac­com­pa­nied by a 70-mem­ber strong del­e­ga­tion, is aimed at tak­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions to a "new high", of­fi­cial sources in the UAE em­bassy said. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sec­tors as di­verse as fi­nance, health, ed­u­ca­tion, agri­cul­ture, civil avi­a­tion, be­sides of­fi­cials from the bank­ing sec­tor, tourism and energy would be part of the his del­e­ga­tion, they said. "It is sig­nif­i­cant to note that how quickly the UAE has re­sponded to Prime Min­is­ter Modi's call for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween these two coun­tries al­most in ev­ery sec­tor to take the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship to a new height," the sources said. The Min­is­ter will be at­tend­ing the two-day long Joint Com­mis­sion Meet­ing start­ing on Septem­ber 2.

Modi's visit to UAE, first by an In­dian premier in 34 years, has given a "new boost" to the in­vestors of the fastest grow­ing Arab econ­omy, they said. "The UAE was and is very keen for in­vest­ment in In­dia, and the bi­lat­eral trade be­tween these two friendly coun­tries re­flects in re­al­ity," the sources added. Modi's maiden visit to the UAE pro­vided a strate­gic op­por­tu­nity to draw a new blue­print for tak­ing bi­lat­eral ties for­ward, in­clud­ing in ar­eas of counter-ter­ror­ism, de­fence and econ­omy, Nahyan had said.

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