Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, the ties between the two nations have strengthened considerably. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement signed between India and the United Arab Emirates on February 19, 2022 to grow trade to $100 billion over the next five years is a milestone that will open doors for more exchanges of capital financial, technological and human, in the future
The ties between the UAE and India have grown significantly stronger over the past few years, thanks to the continued efforts of the leaders of both countries. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the United Arab Emirates in over 30 years. This was followed by the visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to New Delhi in 2016 as a guest of honor during the celebrations. Indian Republic Day.
Since then, the two countries have strengthened their ties in key areas such as economy, trade and culture, among others. With economic vision and a shared geopolitical perspective, relations between India and the UAE have extended beyond the horizons. The two partners continue to work to strengthen cooperation in many areas of mutual interest, including investment, education, health, defense and technology.
Economy: growing ties
On February 19 this year, the United Arab Emirates and India signed a crucial trade agreement to expand economic ties between the two countries and boost trade to $100 billion over the next five years. The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), which is expected to come into effect in May, was inaugurated during a virtual meeting between Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
In a recent media interview, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi hailed the free trade agreement between the two countries as a comprehensive deal that will go beyond relations commercial. The CEPA would open the doors to a variety of trade in financial capital, technological and human, he noted.
The pact also aims to create 10 lakh jobs in labor-intensive sectors in the two countries, including footwear, textiles, looms, jewelry and leather, as well as boost exports to the UAE market from India.
Stand Together at Conflicts Confront
During the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution against Russia’s military aggression in Ukraine, India called for resolving the issue through dialogue and diplomacy.
“India urges all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all States,” the Permanent Representative of India said. India to the UN, TS Tirumurti.
Expressing India’s views, the UAE also urged all parties to the Ukraine dispute to exercise restraint, defuse and resolve the crisis through dialogue and diplomatic means.
“The UAE follow the current events in Ukraine with great concern and express their firm position on the need to disarm and to find a peaceful solution to the crisis between the parties concerned and the need to support efforts to launch channels for dialogue and strengthening diplomatic action at all levels to support the prospects for peace, ensuring the restoration of stability and security and pave the way to the necessary political solutions, for the return to normality “said the permanent representative of the UAE to the UN, Ahmed Abdulrahman Al Jarman.
In addition, the UAE and India sent essential humanitarian aid consisting of medical equipment, medicine and other relief materials to crisis-hit Ukraine via Poland.
“Sending medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Ukraine is part of the United Arab Emirates’ unwavering commitment to addressing critical humanitarian needs in conflicts involving civilians, especially women and children, and to providing all possible assistance in a worrying humanitarian situation,” said Salem A Al Kaabi, UAE Ambassador to Ukraine.
War against Covid-19
The UAE and India have worked hand in hand to overcome the repercussions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic across the world. At a time when India was grappling with an increase in Covid-19 cases, the United Arab Emirates extended its heartfelt support and sent a special shipment with medical aid including ventilators, two-way positive pressure airway levels (BiPAP) and other medical supplies in India.
In 2020, the two sides agreed to an “air bubble arrangement” to facilitate the movement of people between the two countries despite Covid-19 concerns.
These efforts have strengthened the friendly relations shared by the two countries and strengthened the commitment to support each other through the challenges posed by internal and external factors.
Celebrating the Indian community in the UAE
With over 3.50 million Indians living in the Emirates, the UAE is home to one of the largest Indian communities in the world. Narendra Modi expressed India’s faith and admiration towards the leadership of the United Arab Emirates for their constant support to Indians during difficult times such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Likewise, the leaders of the United Arab Emirates appreciated the massive contribution of the Indian community to the growth and development of the country.
In preserving India’s linguistic and cultural diversity, the Emirates community organizes social and cultural programs and activities in which all sections of the Indian community actively participate.