UAE Press: UAE-India Relations Strengthened Further
ABU DHABI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM - 25th Aug, 2019) The UAE and India enjoy strong and cordial relations across multiple fronts, backed by top-level political and people-to-people interactions, said Gulf Today in an editorial on Sunday.
"The age-old relationship, underpinned by cultural, religious and economic linkages, was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first visit to the UAE.
It continued, "The Indian government has already stated that the UAE’s highest civil decoration, the Order of Zayed, for Modi is of special significance as it is being awarded in the Year of Tolerance.
"Modi himself tweeted after receiving the honour, "Humbled to be conferred the ‘Order of Zayed’ a short while ago. More than an individual, this award is for India’s cultural ethos and is dedicated to 130 crore Indians. I thank the UAE Government for this honour."
"Another Twitter message by Modi highlights the closeness of the leaders and the people of the UAE and India. The Indian premier noted: "Had an excellent meeting with His Highness Crown Prince @MohamedBinZayed. We spoke about multiple subjects, including ways to improve trade and people-to-people relations between India and UAE. His personal commitment to strong bilateral relations is very strong."
"Modi had earlier mentioned that India finds a partner in the UAE to achieve its ambitious dream of achieving a US$5 trillion economy and that the UAE-India relations are at their best ever, with the UAE investments in key sectors in India growing.
"With robust flow of investments and an annual bilateral trade of about $60 billion, the UAE is India’s third-largest trade partner. Also, the UAE is the fourth largest exporter of crude oil for India."
"The introduction of the five-year multiple entry Tourist and business visas for UAE citizens is aimed at further strengthening trade and investment and people-to-people links between the two countries.
A commemorative stamp of Mahatma Gandhi released on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary during the Indian Prime Minister’s visit is another special gesture by the UAE Government, the editorial added.
"A Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry analysis has identified printed books, natural pearls, preparations of cereals, carpets and textiles as high-potential products that can be exported from the UAE to India in the future."
"Sincere friendship and active cooperation between two nations can help people reap huge benefits in the form of peace, progress and prosperity. On this, the UAE-India ties offer a glorious example," the Sharjah-based paper said in conclusion.