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Official visit of M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs to United Arab Emirates (18-20 October, 2016)

October 18, 2016

  • Shri M.J. Akbar, Hon’ble Minister of State for External Affairs is paying his first official visit to the United Arab Emirates from 18-20 October, 2016.
  • During the visit, he will be meeting his counterpart UAE leadership and will hold official discussions covering the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. In addition, he will be participating in the second edition of the India-UAE Economic Forum being held in Dubai from 19-20 October as keynote speaker. He will also interact with the Indian community in UAE.
  • India enjoys close and multifaceted bilateral ties with UAE, anchored on regular high-level visits and extensive people-to-people contacts. The recent visits of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi to UAE in August 2015 and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to India in February 2016 have elevated this relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership.
  • Our well-balanced bilateral trade amounting to US$ 50 billion in 2015-16, make UAE our third largest trading partner. UAE is among the largest investors in India in terms of foreign direct investments. It contributes significantly to India's energy security and is the fifth largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2015-16.
  • About 2.6 million strong and vibrant Indian community forms the largest expatriate group in the UAE. Their positive and well-appreciated contribution in the development of their host country has been an important anchor of our excellent bilateral engagement.
  • This visit will provide a useful opportunity to further cement our mutually beneficial bilateral ties with UAE.
New Delhi
October 18, 2016

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